OROVILLE, Calif. - Congressman Doug LaMalfa announced he has submitted changes to Democrats’ gun control bill, H.R. 1446.
He says these amendments would expand Second Amendment protections instead of restricting them.
LaMalfa tells Action News Now this amendment would make it so Americans can buy firearms, ammunition, and other accessories in any state, territory, or district in the country.
Right now the law only lets people buy them in the state they live in.
"Mine addresses your 50 state ability to exercise your right in whatever state you are, according to that state's guidelines," said Rep. LaMalfa. "Not California's tentacles reaching out everywhere else," LaMalfa explained.
"I feel like as a Californian, if I want to buy a gun in Texas and ammunition in Utah, I should have the right to do that... and if I do, then bring it back home," he added.
LaMalfa added the amendment would allow Americans to take any legally purchased firearm from the state it was bought in, to another state, and it would then be legal in that state.
“For too long the Second Amendment has been treated like a second class right. Our right to free speech, freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure or the right to a jury trial by our peers doesn’t depend on what state, territory or district we may happen to be standing in, yet our Second Amendment rights are largely subject to the whims of the state where you reside," LaMalfa continued.
"My goal is to let any American legally buy any firearm that is legal in the state they may be hunting in, sport shooting in, or just visiting and exercising their right in. Once legally owned, that gun should be legal in every other state," he explained. "I want to restore this freedom back to the American people," LaMalfa added.