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Sometimes, military veterans come into possession of firearms considered to be historic war mementos. Under current law, most of those weapons must be registered immediately, but bills in the Senate and House propose to give veterans and their families, a 180-day grace period in which to register their war souvenir. While it may seem petty, some anti-gun jurisdictions use the existing law to deny veterans of their rights.

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and U.S. Representative David P. Roe (R-TN) this week introduced bills to create a 180-day amnesty period for veterans or their family members to register historic war mementos that would be considered regulated firearms under the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Pending as S. 1435 and H.R. 3054, both of these bills would apply to items acquired overseas before October 31, 1968.  This legislation would allow for the lawful possession and transfer of historically significant armaments and protect veterans from potential criminal liability for purely technical violations of the law that do not endanger public safety.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas in combat zones have over the years brought home a variety of mementos from their deployments. In some cases, these have included captured firearms of the type that require registration and the payment of a special tax under the NFA…

Our Congress needs to pass more laws to protect their Second Amendment rights in many aspects of life. If they are allowed to serve and sacrifice for our nation, then they should have the right to own and carry a weapon for self-defense and the defense of their loved ones and home. Democrats under Obama pushed to strip veterans of their earned rights and it’s time that Congress restores those rights and protect others.  

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