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Tragically, too many law-abiding Americans have found themselves paying outrageous fines or ending up in jail because they were caught traveling with their legally owned and permitted firearms. What’s legal in one state may not be legal in the next, but a bill introduced into the US Senate would protect traveling legal gun owners.

Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a measure that would codify the right for Americans to carry guns and ammunition with them while traveling between states.

The bill, S.618, would amend U.S. law to better protect the rights of those undertaking interstate travel with firearms. Sponsors feel the move would help keep law-abiding gun owners from becoming ensnarled in patchwork state and local laws.

“This bill safeguards our Second Amendment rights by strengthening federal protections for responsible gun owners traveling across state lines,” said U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a statement. “By amending the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986, this commonsense proposal puts an end to the harassment of upstanding citizens who happen to stay overnight, fuel up, or stop for an emergency during their travels in another state.”

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