Second Amendment Rights of Military Spouses Protected Under Defense Bill

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Washington, July 14, 2017 | Stacey Daniels (202-225-7742) | comments

Language to protect the Second Amendment rights of military spouses was added to the House defense policy bill the House passed Friday.

The language will allow for spouses of active duty service members to purchase firearms in the state where they live under military orders.

Earlier this year, Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) introduced the Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act, H.R. 256, which contained similar language to this bill.  

“Military spouses should not be denied their Second Amendment rights based on the military orders of their spouse,” said Congressman Farenthold. “They have the right to defend themselves and their families just like anyone else, which is why I’m glad their Second Amendment rights are now being protected.”

Currently, the Gun Control Act of 1968 mandates that citizens can legally only purchase a handgun in the state where they are considered residents. Exceptions are made for active duty military members, but not their spouses. In many cases, spouses reside in the state where their active duty spouse has orders, but are barred from purchasing firearms in that state because their driver’s license is issued in their “home state,” or they don’t have another state-issued identification card in the state their spouse is stationed.



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