We live in an amazing nation.
Even if you ignore the freedoms we enjoy, it’s still an amazing, beautiful place. We’ve got just about everything you could ever want, with regard to terrain features. One could spend a lifetime exploring America.
In fact, a lot of people opt to live in RVs and do just that.
However, there’s a bit of an issue. The rules around guns get a might sketchy for those who opt to live such a nomadic lifestyle.
Now, though, a new bill seeks to help those very people.
U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced the Traveler’s Gun Rights Act. This legislation would update federal law to account for various residency-related issues facing full-time Recreational Vehicle (RV) travelers, individuals with multiple physical residences, active duty military personnel and military spouses.
“An individual’s decision not to hold a traditional address should not preclude them from exercising the rights afforded to them in the U.S. Constitution,” Risch said. “The Traveler’s Gun Rights Act protects law-abiding gun owners’ Second Amendment rights regardless of their living situation.”
“No law-abiding American should be denied their Second Amendment rights,” Crapo said. “Military spouses and RV owners are just two examples of full-time travelers who are blocked from obtaining a firearm under current law. The Traveler’s Gun Rights Act is a commonsense solution that will finally address this oversight.”
At the heart of the issue is the ATF’s requirement that people list an address when purchasing a firearm. This might make sense to many, but part of the rule is that people cannot use things like P.O. Box numbers.
Guess what people who live in RVs and travel the country tend to have?
Now, for the sake of argument, let’s say the rule made sense when it was first enacted. It doesn’t now. These days, the nomadic lifestyle is a glorious way for many to live out their days. In fact, there’s a part of me that kind of wishes I could do it.
Yet should these people be required to give up their rights in order to do so?
Every decision comes with costs, sure, but only those decisions that land you in prison should require the forfeiture of one’s rights.
Living in an RV and robbing a bank are hardly similar, after all.
So this bill seeks to fix a longstanding problem that has been exacerbated by the current trend.
Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening.
It’s not because the bill is bad. It’s a great bill that I’d love to see pass.
No, the issue here is that we have an anti-gun president who just signed an executive order trying to hurt gun purchases and purchasers. There’s absolutely no chance he signs a bill that will let more people buy guns, even if these are law-abiding citizens.
Biden’s never struck me as caring all that much about that kind of thing.
So while I’d love to see it happen, it won’t. Not during this presidency, at least.