A new bill submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives would change the definition of an antique firearm by changing the year it was made.
Currently, any gun made in 1898 or before is deemed an antique but the new bill would change that to 1913. This change would be significant because it would increase the number of antique firearms that could be sold and shipped with a Federal Firearm License.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement, “Changing the definition of an ‘Antique Firearm’ strengthens the Second Amendment and protects our right as citizens to bear arms. By fixing a law that should have been updated years ago, Americans can collect and share these items that are an important part of our nation’s history.”
Antique firearms can be sold without a license or background check since they do not fall under the Gun Control Act of 1968.
According to guns.com, “While there is currently no opposition to the bill, it could draw flak from critics who can point to cases where criminals have been caught possessing antique and replica firearms.”
The bill is supported by several large gun-rights groups, including the NRA, Defend Louisiana, and the Louisiana Shooters Association.