Sen. Marshall Introduces Legislation to Protect the 2nd Amendment
(Washington, D.C., March 17, 2021) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. introduced two pieces of legislation to remove outdated firearm regulations and promote gun safety. The Home Defense and Competitive Shooting (HDCS) Act, co-sponsored by Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Senator Mike Braun, and Senator Josh Hawley, will put an end to obsolete, prohibition-era regulations on short-barreled rifles (SBR). The Fire Arms Safety Act, co-sponsored by Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Senator Josh Hawley, encourages Americans to engage in increased firearm safety practices by offering a tax credit following the completion of a firearms safety course or the purchase of a gun safe.
“Opponents of the Second Amendment want to use bureaucracy and regulations to obstruct citizens attempting to exercise their God-given right to keep and bear arms. The firearms addressed in the Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act are commonly used for hunting, personal defense, and competitive shooting. This bill will eliminate regulations designed not to protect Americans, but to deny them their Constitutional rights,” said Senator Marshall. “While some of my colleagues continue to make it their mission to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, the Fire Arms Safety Act aims to reward firearm owners committed to advanced safety practices. This bill is a real-world solution to promote gun safety, unlike the Democrats’ ploy to tighten firearm restrictions and leave the American people defenseless.”
The Home Defense and Competitive Shooting (HDCS) Act would remove prohibition-era regulations placed on short-barreled rifles (SBR) (barrels of less than 16 inches in length) by the National Firearms Act of 1934 including:
- Eliminating the prohibition on the transportation of SBR in the interstate commerce;
- Preempting state or local laws imposing a tax on SBR; and
- Instead, SBR would be classified and regulated under the same restrictions as other semiautomatic rifles.
The Firearms Safety Act would create a non-refundable tax credit for taking a firearms safety course and/or purchasing a gun safe. The legislation would:
- Credit gun owners up to $100 annually for taking a firearm safety course, concealed carry firearms course or other training, license, and permit programs taught by a state certified instructor or issued under the authority of state law.
- Credit for gun owners up to $100 every ten years to apply towards the purchase of a gun safe used for securing their weapon.
- Prohibit the IRS from requiring information to be provided to the federal government with respect to the firearm.