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Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced the ‘Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act, into the House of Representatives. The bill is intended to help protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners by eliminating the ‘sporting purposes’ clause used to violate the rights of gun owners. There has never been a clear and concise definition of ‘sporting purposes’ like that of ‘self-defense’, so anti-gun federal agencies have used the ill-defined clause to trample on the constitutional rights of gun owners.

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2620, the “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act.” This bill would remove ATF’s authority to use the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal law in ways that could undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment. Under Chairman Bishop’s legislation, all lawful purposes – including self-defense – would have to be given due consideration and respect in the administration of federal firearms law.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the core purpose of the Second Amendment is self-defense. Nevertheless, many federal laws that regulate the importation, possession and transfer of firearms measure the lawful utility of firearms based on their usefulness for so-called “sporting purposes.”  

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The term “sporting purposes” is undefined by federal statute and has been subject to several reinterpretations by the ATF and its predecessor agency…

Technically, any form of gun control, registration, permitting, etc., are violations of the Second Amendment right of the American people to own and bear firearms. Thomas Jefferson wrote that every household is obligated to have a firearm for self-protection and considering that he was known as one of the more liberal politicians of his time, should say a lot for his strong belief in firearm ownership.

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