GOP Senators Push to Make It Easier for Military Spouses to Get Guns

As the U.S. Senate takes up gun legislation in Washington, DC , Dr. Gary Lampert (L), a co-owner of the National Armory gun store, helps Cristiana Verro consider fire arms on April 11, 2013 in Pompano Beach, Florida.
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On August 10, a group of five GOP Senators put forward a bill to make it easier for military spouses to purchase guns so they can have them for self-defense while their husband or wife is deployed or on duty stateside.

Currently, the law limits spouses to buying a handgun in their state of residence. The bill, introduced by Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD),  Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), would change that to allow military spouses to buy a gun in the state in which their husband or wife is stationed.

According to The Hill, the bill would also open the door for military spouses to buy a handgun “in a neighboring state if the service member crosses a state’s border to go to their base.”

Sen. Rounds pointed to recent attacks—including the July 16 attack on military personnel in Chattanooga—as justification for the change. He said, “At a time of increased threats on military bases and to members of our Armed Forces, it is as important as ever to give military families the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

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