New National Defense Authorization Appropriations Bill with Substantial Pro-Second Amendment Provisions

Last week, the Senate passed S. 1356 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which included a couple significant pro-Second Amendment provisions.

First, pursuant to Section 526, a process must be established by the Secretary of Defense no later than December 31, 2015, through which members of the Armed Forces may carry an appropriate firearm on a military installation. Additionally, pursuant to Section 2811, in relation to protection of Department of Defense installations, the Secretary of Defense can authorize officers and agents of the Department of Defense to carry firearms.

Second, pursuant to Section 1087, the Secretary is authorized to transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols, spare parts and related accessories for those pistols. The number of surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols to be transferred is limited to 10,000, per year.

S. 1356 now awaits the President’s signature.

Also, this appropriation bill should not be confused with the other extremely pro-Second Amendment appropriations bill H.R. 2578 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. H.R. 2578 includes extremely important amendments, such as the funding of federal firearms relief, which has not been available since 1992, and prohibiting the ATF from utilizing any of the appropriated money for implementing a rule requiring a Chief Law Enforcement Officer signature (e.g. ATF-41p). Please contact your Senator and urge him/her to approve H.R. 2578, as passed by the House.

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