Please contact your state Representative
House Bill 1079, sponsored by state Representative Brian Gosch (R-32), passed in the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, February 16 by a unanimous 13 to 0 vote. This legislation will now be considered on the House floor.
The intent of HB 1079 is to clean up
FOPA, however, removed both the contiguous states limitation and the requirement that the purchaser’s state of residence specifically authorize the purchase of long guns. Now, interstate sales of rifles and shotguns can occur between FFLs and residents of any state, as long as “the sale, delivery, and receipt fully comply with the legal conditions of sale in both such States.” Thus, the relevant question isn’t whether a state specifically permits interstate long gun sales, but whether the state has enacted any laws that would prevent them. The NRA supports repealing this old contiguous state provision because it is unnecessary, the “contiguous state” language can be misleading, and because such provisions create the false impression that the right to acquire arms is merely a privilege granted by the state, not a right that some states have taken away from their citizens.
Please contact your state Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1079. Representatives can be reached by calling the House switchboard and leaving a message at (605) 773-3851 or by clicking here. If you need help identifying your state Representative, click here.