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Political report
Protecting The Rights Of Those Who Protect Us

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t's bitterly ironic that members of our
armed forces, who risk life and limb to
protect our constitutional rights, might
be denied those same rights when they
return from the battlefield. Yet it happens
all too often. Now, I'm happy to report
that your NRA has sought, and achieved,
remedies to some of the worst abuses our
service members have suffered, through
legislation recently passed by the
Congress and signed into law.
Certainly, everyone knows that when
people join the armed forces they surrender certain privileges. But no government can arbitrarily suspend the natural,
fundamental rights guaranteed by our
Constitution. Unfortunately, regulations
recently proposed at some military installations did just that. And the Department
of Defense was on the verge of promulgating similar regulations throughout the
armed forces.
But now, Congress has enacted the
2011 National Defense Authorization Act
(NDAA), which includes several provisions
developed by NRA-ILA and pro-Second
Amendment lawmakers. The law will
provide practical benefits to gun owners
while generating revenue for military
bases. Most important, it will protect the
privacy and Second Amendment rights
of gun-owning military personnel and
their families, as well as those of civilian
employees of the Department of Defense.
First, the NDAA tackles a problem
we've heard about many times over the
years from NRA members serving in the
NRA OFFICERS
Ronald L. Schmeits, PRESIDENT
David A. Keene, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
James W. Porter II, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
Wayne LaPierre, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Edward J. Land Jr., SECRETARY
Wilson H. Phillips Jr., TREASURER
Kayne Robinson, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS

Christopher W. Cox, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION

military. That's the problem of military
base or unit regulations that ban or
severely restrict gun possession by
service members or their families.
The issue came to a head in 2010
because of a preposterous regulation
imposed at Fort Riley, Kan. The Fort Riley
regulation required troops stationed there
to register privately owned firearms kept
off base-as well as firearms owned by
their family members residing anywhere
in Kansas. It also prohibited soldiers with
Right-to-Carry permits from carrying guns
for protection off base and off duty, a
restriction we'd also seen imposed a few
years ago on soldiers stationed in Alaska.
Finally, the Fort Riley rules authorized unit
commanders to set arbitrary limits on the
caliber of firearms and ammunition their
troops could privately own.
Similar regulations were imposed on
other bases, and DOD was considering
a similar rule department-wide. Under
DOD's national plan, military commanders would require troops to register all
privately owned firearms kept off base,
and would have authorized commanders
to require troops living off base to keep
privately owned firearms and ammunition locked in separate containers. That
requirement may sound familiar; it's a lot
like the one the Supreme Court struck
down as unconstitutional in District of
Columbia v. Heller.
To address this, section 1062 of the
NDAA-championed by Sen. Jim Inhofe,
R-Okla.-prohibits the secretary of
defense from issuing any requirement, or
collecting or recording any information
"relating to the otherwise lawful acquisition, possession, ownership, carrying, or
other use of a privately owned firearm,
privately owned ammunition, or another
privately owned weapon by a member of
the Armed Forces or civilian employee of
the Department of Defense" on property
not owned or operated by the DOD. It
also requires, within 90 days, the destruc-

by Chris W. Cox,
NRA-ILA Executive Director
tion of any existing registration information prohibited by the Act.
Those regulations are now remedied,
but the DOD has not limited its problematic initiatives to privately owned
firearms. It also began wasting taxpayer
money by scrapping perfectly usable
fired cartridge cases. Early in 2009, we
learned that government sales of fired
brass to civilian vendors had been temporarily interrupted. That bureaucratic
glitch was corrected quickly, but a year
later we learned that some military bases
were crushing cases and scrapping them,
rather than making them available for
sale in reloadable condition.
Section 346 of the NDAA, offered
by then-Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind.,
solves the problem, specifying that
safe and legal surplus ammunition and
components "may not be demilitarized
or destroyed and shall be made available for commercial sale." This provision
should significantly expand the quantity
of surplus ammunition components
available to commercial reloaders. This
will raise money for military bases, while
saving money for gun owners.
The NDAA also contains language
that encourages military installations to
continue allowing public access to base
lands for hunting and fishing, and to
provide discounted hunting and fishing
permits and other accommodations to
current and retired military personnel
who have disabilities. That language was
authored by then-Rep. Adam Putnam,
R-Fla., an avid hunter who has since been
elected as Florida's Commissioner of
Agriculture and Consumer Services.
I hear from NRA members in the military all the time about a host of issues.
All of us at NRA honor their service, and
it saddens us when the Pentagon treats
them like second-class citizens. Now,
we've taken some major steps to correct
that. Protecting the rights of those who
protect us is the least we can do.

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