New bill in Congress, H.R 131 “To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition.” Aimed at finally address the weakness that the Firearm Owners Protection Act has: Any State that wished could ignore the Safe Travel provision: If you are legal to own a gun and ammo where you live and you are legal to do the same where you are going, no State should arrest you because you don’t happen to be legal with their archaic gun laws. New York and New Jersey come to mind as pretty much a**hole states in this matter. The Gun Owner still must comply with specific ways to carry the firearm and ammunition while going through these badlands.
The bill includes this important section:
the term `transport’ includes staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental to the transport, but does not include transportation.
You no longer have to try rush through the Garden State to go potty or pray to the gods your vehicle (or you) does not break down in the Garden State.
But the best is this:
A person who is deprived of any right, privilege, or immunity secured by this section, section 926B or 926C, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage of any State or any political subdivision thereof, may bring an action in any appropriate court against any other person, including a State or political subdivision thereof, who causes the person to be subject to the deprivation, for damages and other appropriate relief. ``(2) The court shall award a plaintiff prevailing in an action brought under paragraph (1) damages and such other relief as the court deems appropriate, including a reasonable attorney's fee.''.
You get falsely arrested by a cop for having a gun in your vehicle, you can sue both the cop, the agency and the state. This is the same principle used with success in Florida against politicians that were ignoring the State Pre-emption law by passing local regulations and suddenly got religion when they realized they could be personally sued for their shenanigans.
Hat Tip to the NRA-ILA