(NationalSentinel) Constitution:Â Away from the finger-pointing and blame game regarding Republicans’ failed first effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, other work is being done by the GOP-controlled Congress to strengthen core constitution rights and protections, especially the Second Amendment.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has introduced legislation that would make it easier for lawful firearms owners to travel state-to-state with guns in their vehicles, as reported by theÂ Washington Free Beacon:
The Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, also introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) to the House of Representatives in January, would expand and clarify the interstate firearm transportation rules instituted under the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. Under that law, Americans are allowed to transport firearms from one state where they can legally possess them to another so long as certain requirements are met, such as the firearms being unloaded and locked in a container not easily accessible to passengers.
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The new bill would expand those protections to include stops along the interstate trip and even overnight stays. It would also require that the state pay attorneys’ fees for individuals who successfully defend themselves in court under the bill. It would further allow those who are illegally detained for transporting firearms in accordance with the law to sue the jurisdiction that detained them for damages.
This legislation is fully in line with additional state-level pro-Second Amendment legislation such as concealed carry and constitutional carry (concealed carry without the requirement of first obtaining a state license), also Republican initiatives. And it is in line with state-level reciprocity efforts, in which lawful concealed-carry license holders can travel to certain states carrying a concealed firearm.
Besides the big legislation - health care reform, tax reform, etc. - Republicans are also working on the ‘little stuff’Â that aims to shore up our constitutional rights and protections after years of seeing them whittled away by liberal Democrats.
As for firearms, while our founders favored federalism/states rights, one of the Constitution’s fundamental recognitions is the right of individuals to keep and bear arms for self-defense. This GOP legislation would fully support that founding principle.