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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Virginia Congressman Sponsors Bill Related to Transporting Firearms Across State Lines

Washington Times Senior Editor for Opinion, Emily Miller, reports that Virginia's 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith has introduced legislation that would amend current law to make it clear that individuals who transport their guns from state to state may stop for food, gas and vehicle maintenance. They also may seek medical treatment, tend to an emergency, stay overnight and conduct other activities incidental to the transport.
“The beauty of this is that the fear of having to pay the legal fees will make sure they bring charges that are valid and founded,” said Mr. Griffith, a former defense attorney, in an interview with The Washington Times. “It only has to happen one time, and every risk-assessment manager in the United States of America is going to inform their police that you better make sure he’s violated the law before you arrest him for having a locked gun in a case in the trunk, because that’s going to cost them a lot of money.”
Representative Griffith's bill has special significance as just such an outrage was committed by the D.C. Police two years ago but recently gained national attention. Army 1st Lt. Augustine Kim, was arrested in the D. C. two years ago while transporting his guns from his parents’ home in New Jersey to his home in South Carolina. The firearms were cased and in the trunk of his car under his duffel bag, clothes, books and other belongings.  The case took on a high profile in the last couple of weeks when two U.S. Senators were successful in getting Lt. Kim's confiscated firearms returned after two years.

It's no surprise that Griffith would take on this issue.  As a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, he served as House Majority Leader and a leading member of the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, which heard a number of firearms related bills during his time on the committee.  He has long be a champion of the right to keep and bear arms.

HR 4269 currently has 37 cosponsors.  Please contact your congressman and urge them to sign on as a co-sponsor to this important legislation.

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