Some have called the U.S. government’s response to increased ISIS/ISIL threats against America, Operation “Fetal Position.” Increased threat levels, recommending military members and their families remove military related bumper stickers from their vehicles and military identifying information from their social media pages.
However, Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA) has another course of action in mind and he introduced the Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act. The bill would allow military to purchase in the state where their military spouse is permanently stationed or in a neighboring state if the military commutes across state lines to their duty station.
“Considering the threats we face from Islamic extremists, foreign and domestic, and lone wolves, it is prudent that our military families have the tools they need to protect their loved ones,” said Congressman Scott Rigell, who went on to say, “ should be able to purchase in the state where their husband or wife is stationed. They have the right to protect themselves, and this bill allows them to fully exercise their 2nd Amendment right.”
Congressman Rigell was among the first to coordinate federal and state efforts to protect military families after ISIS released a ‘hit list’ of 100 names of military targets. His district, Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, is home to more active duty and retired military men and women than any other congressional district in the country. The Gun Control Act of 1968 restricts citizens from legally purchasing a in any state other than the one in which they reside. An exception to this law was made for active duty service members who are on permanent duty assignment, so that they can be considered a resident of the state in which they are assigned. However, no exception was made for military .
“ISIS, and other terrorist organizations that do not share our nation’s values, see confrontation with the United States as inevitable, and desperately seek new ways to harm our fellow Americans – particularly members of our military community and their loved ones,” said Rigell. “We have an obligation to protect these men and women and ensure they have access to the resources they need to defend themselves and their families in any community they are stationed for duty.”
NoozSaurus also reported on another Amendment proposed for the NDAA FY2016 that would potentially allow military surplus handguns to be sold, along with rifles currently being sold, to the Civilian Marksmanship Program organization. It would seem that current and world events are motivating a shift in attitudes towards civilian gun ownership. Let us know, in the comments, what you think of these proposals and how you view the broader changing views on guns.