GOA Backs Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act

February 21, 2020
For immediate release

GOA Backs Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act

Springfield, VA – Gun Owners of America (GOA) today is announcing support for the Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, which is being introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL).

Current law in many anti-gun states could result in gun owners being arrested for fundamental travel-related activity such as stopping for gas or medical treatment while transporting firearms in compliance with the Firearms Owner Protection Act (FOPA).

So, this legislation seeks to expand the definition of “transport” in FOPA to include “staying in temporary lodging, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, or any other activity incidental to the transport.”

Further, it clarifies that the ability to transport a firearm from a place where a gun owner “may lawfully possess, carry, or transport the firearm to any other such place” also applies to ammunition and detachable magazines, which are essential to the function and purpose of a firearm.

“Anti-gun state laws criminalize what would otherwise be considered law-abiding activity for the explicit purposes of making gun ownership, possession, and transportation more difficult,” said Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for GOA. “This legislation compliments the right to keep and bear arms and protects Americans from governmental infringement.”

“Every member of Congress should support this simple legislation that protects gun owners while they travel,” Johnston concluded.

Aidan Johnston, or another GOA spokesperson, is available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.

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