New Budget Appropriations Law Has Pro-Gun Provisions

posted on November 30, 2015

On Wednesday the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 was signed, including some significant provisions that support Second Amendment rights. One thing that the new law does is to conclusively remove ammunition from the Toxic Substances Control Act, meaning that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not to regulate it. 

Another measure seeks to safeguard against terrorist attacks on members of the military. It allows commanders of military installations to authorize certain individuals to carry appropriate firearms on base for security purposes. 

Finally, the new appropriations law restores the ability of the Secretary of Defense to transfer surplus military M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for sale to the public, raising much-needed government revenue. These common-sense provisions will protect access to firearms and ammunition by those who need them most.

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