Legislation for a new gun law would allow veterans and their family members to legally possess some of the firearms they brought back from World War II and the Korean War.
The Veterans Heritage Firearms Act would give troops who legally purchased firearms overseas before October 31, 1968, but lack the proper paperwork to verify their purchase, time to obtain a permit that would allow them to keep the weapons without being prosecuted.
The bipartisan bill, which would also apply to family members who are in possession of the firearms, would establish a 180-day amnesty period for veterans or their family members to register the firearms.
The legislation would temporarily open the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record, a federal government database, to veterans and their family members to register certain firearms. The grace period essentially gives veterans the opportunity to preserve their family heritage.
As Guns.com reports, the bill would open the door to obtaining legal possession of potentially illegal war trophies like “machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and destructive devices.”
In many cases, family members who inherit such weapons after veterans die face prosecution without knowing they’re even violating any laws.
Sens. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, and Angus King, the Maine Independent, and Reps. Phil Roe, a Tennessee Republican, and Lou Correa, a California Democrat, introduced the legislation on Monday.
“Our World War II and Korean War veterans risked their lives in foreign lands in defense of our freedoms. These firearms represent the sacrifices they made in the name of duty and are often treasured keepsakes,” Cotton saidin a statement.
“This bill would protect veterans and help preserve these historical artifacts,” he said.
“Our veterans have given us so much. This bill allows them to keep the weapons that might have saved their life overseas. I am honored to help our veterans keep a piece of their own history. It is just one more way we can say thank you to the soldiers who have defended our country,” Correa said of the legislation.
While this bill only covers certain firearms received before a 1968, it’s a big step toward honoring the legacies of the men who saved America, and the world, from dictatorship.
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