HUNTER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION PROTECTING 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
Washington, DC -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) today introduced the Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act, the most recent bill comprising his pledge to introduce common-sense reform measures during the first 100 days of the new 116th Congress helping everyday Americans. This bill will provide military spouses with the same exemption military servicemembers currently have from the mandate requiring U.S. citizens to purchase firearms in the state in which they live.
“Military spouses, who already sacrifice so much, are being denied their full protection under the 2nd Amendment,” said Congressman Duncan Hunter. “Because active-duty military personnel frequently move across the county, it becomes a huge burden to change their home of record or state residency every time, especially when they know their duty assignment is temporary. As a result, active-duty personnel are allowed to purchase firearms without establishing residency. Unfortunately, their spouses are not and there is no clear reason why. My bill fixes this problem and extends this exemption, allowing military spouses to better and more freely exercise their rights under the 2nd Amendment and protect themselves and their family while their partners are away from home.”
While the Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act would extend the current military exemption of state residency to spouses, it does not in any way remove their responsibility of complying with all other federal regulations, including background checks. This bill is cosponsored by Congressman Don Young of Alaska and endorsed by the National Rifle Association. The Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act also marks the most recent and final bill as part of Congressman Hunter’s “First 100-Day Initiative” pledge to introduce common-sense reform measures in the first 100 days of the new 116th which ends today. A complete summary of all the legislative actions taken by Congressman Hunter during this initiative will be released tomorrow.