Bill to allow interstate handgun sales introduced


Most Some gun laws I’ll never understand, such as the federal prohibition on interstate handgun sales, which seems to have been enacted “just because.”

It’s a pain in the fourth point of contact, especially for those living in small states, who cross a border to attend a gun show.

They’re barred from purchasing handguns.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA

Sure, you can always have the dealer ship the pistol to a dealer in your home state, but that can add $100 to the price tag.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) has introduced HR 3335, the “Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act,” which could remove these restrictions on the interstate sale of handguns.

As it stands now, only shotguns and some rifles may be sold by dealers to customers in contiguous states.

Scalise’s bill is not fancy. It just strikes a few words from the U.S. Code, replacing ‘rifles and shotguns’ with ‘firearms.”

He introduced it last month, and it was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill does not exempt anyone from anything. Background checks are still required, of course. It simply makes life easier for gun owners, who could shop for a better price much easier if it becomes law.


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  1. Gary L Griffiths on

    Back in the day (1968) there was no mechanism to allow dealers to check the backgrounds of prospective purchasers. Hence the prohibition on out-of-state sales, as dealers would be less able to know that their purchasers weren’t criminals.

    All that changed with the NICS. Now there is no legitimate reason that you shouldn’t be able to buy a handgun, rifle, or shotgun at a gun show in any state.

  2. Now if Congress could do something about repealing other certain infringements (1934NFA and the rest), that would make life much better.

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