Republican Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)is leading the way in the fight to expand gun rights as we know them.
Right now, he has his sights set on a expanding the list of guns that are considered “antique” by our government.
Senate Bill 1541 was introduced to the Senate just a couple of weeks ago, and if it passes it would change the federal definition of an antique gun from “any gun manufactured before 1899” to “any gun that is at least 100 years old.”
Why? What is the point?
Well, freedom. Freedom is the point.
You see, any gun that is labeled as an “antique” is generally left unregulated by our government. What this means is that if the Senate Bill were to become law, most of the firearms made and used during WWI would become much easier for collectors to buy, sell, and own.
This would mean that, if implemented in 2018, non-NFA controlled guns made in or before 1918 would be exempt from federal regulations. This would free up most World War I-era rifles, trench guns and pistols from the ATF’s purview. Further, the determination would roll forward every year.
Back when he was in the House of Representatives, Cassidy authored a similar bill. The bill had the support of most gun rights organizations (as the Senate Bill does) but it stalled out without any real support from other legislators. Sadly, Cassidy’s Senate bill could suffer from a similar defeat because he has thus far been unable to find any other co-sponsors for the bill.
To modify the definition of an antique firearm.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. AMENDMENT TO TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE.
Section 921(a)(16)(A) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking “1898” and inserting “the calendar year that is 100 years before the calendar year in which the determination as to whether the firearm meets the requirement of this subparagraph is being made”.
SEC. 2. AMENDMENT TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986.
Subsection (g) of section 5845 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—
(1) by striking “1898” the first place it appears and inserting “the calendar year that is 100 years before the calendar year in which the determination as to whether the firearm meets the requirement of this subsection is being made”;
(2) by striking “the year 1898” and inserting “the calendar year that is 100 years before the calendar year in which such determination is being made”; and
(3) by striking “1898,” and inserting “the calendar year that is 100 years before the calendar year in which such determination is being made,”.
Please call your local, state, and national representatives and ask them to lend their support to Senator Cassidy’s Gun Rights bill, SB 1541.