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This showed up in my email today from Congressman Bill Owens.
Thought you'd enjoy.

"New York and New Jersey licensing laws have been abused to prosecute law–abiding hunters and gun owners who are simply trying to check in unloaded firearms for airline flights," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "Law-abiding Americans should be able to transport their firearms for lawful purposes without this kind of harassment. NRA appreciates Representatives Griffith, Poe and Owens' effort to fix this very real problem for travelers."

Legislation cosponsored by Owens would:

· Expand the protections afforded travelers to include "staying in temporary lodging overnight, common carrier misrouting or delays, stops for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, emergencies, medical treatment; and all other activity related to the person's overall journey."

· Put the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that a traveler did not meet requirements of existing law, rather than allow travelers to be arrested and forced to prove their innocence.

· Make clear that transportation of both firearms and ammunition is federally protected.

· Protect firearm possession within any place of temporary lodging, consistent with the Supreme Court's protection of home self-defense in District of Columbia v. Heller.

· Make clear that violation of the right to transport firearms is judicially enforceable as a federal civil right, with attorney's fees available to victorious plaintiffs.
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