NRA on Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act
From Eric Larson:
NRA supports H.R. 2088/amnesty legislation
Posted By: Eric M. Larson
Date: 12/20/05 18:01
The NRA is doing something for the Class III community. An article entitled "NRA Supports House Legislation To Protect Gun-Owing Veterans," on page 75 of the January 2006 issue of AMERICAN RIFLEMAN gets this legislative word out to, what...some 3.5 million or so people? That's impressive.
The article discusses H.R. 2088, the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2005, which would provide a 90-day amnesty period during which veterans and their family members could register firearms acquired overseas between June 26, 1934 and October 31, 1968. The bill provides that "in the absence of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary the attorney general shall accept as true and accurate any affidavit, document, or other evidence submitted by an individual to establish that such firearm meets the requirements" under H.R. 2088.
Read that: " . . . shall accept . . . " language. In other words, no arbitrary victimization by ATF or anybody else in the Government, and an opportunity to preserve valuable historical artifacts that are, to many families, irreplaceable heirlooms symbolizing service to the United States in time of war or conflict.
It isn't just a blurb of an article, either---it is 5" of text on the ILA Report pages, or roughly 1/3 of a page.
The article, which is based largely on an earlier press release this year by the bill's Congressional sponsor, Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada), concludes:
"NRA members are encouraged to contact their representatives and ask them to support N.R. 2088."
I'd say the NRA has just done quite a bit for the NFA community.