NRA praises Tester’s gun rights provisions

Senator’s provisions signed into law after passing with bipartisan support

(U.S. SENATE) – Chris Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association, released the following statement in support of several gun rights provisions by Senator Jon Tester which were signed into law earlier today:

“The National Rifle Association is pleased by the Senate’s approval of these twelve provisions to protect America’s gun rights. We appreciate Sen. Tester’s support in getting these critical provisions included in this legislation because they will go a long way in protecting the Second Amendment.”

Tester in June asked his colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee to consider the gun provisions, which were included in a combined appropriations bill that passed the Senate Thursday night with a bipartisan vote of 70-30.

Tester’s provisions prevent the establishment of a national gun registry by prohibiting the Justice Department from consolidating firearms sales records. The bill also prohibits funding for “gun walking” operations where U.S. law enforcement agents knowingly transfer firearms to gun-smugglers in order to track weapons and drug cartels. 

Tester’s other approved gun rights provisions:
• Protect the status of collectible firearms
• Prohibit the use of funds to arbitrarily deny importation of qualifying curio and relic firearms
• Prohibit a physical inventory of Federal Firearms Licensees
• Prohibit the ATF from denying federal firearms license applications based on low business volume
• Prohibit the ATF from banning the importation of certain shotguns
• Require that any released “trace data” must specifically state that said data cannot be used to draw broad conclusions about gun ownership
• Remove a requirement that small firearms parts valued at less than $500 do not need a license for export to Canada