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SHARE Act Update

SHARE Act Update
Adam Kraut, Esq.

On Tuesday September 12, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held hearings for the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, more commonly known as the SHARE Act.

The SHARE Act has a variety of provisions in it including a more robust Hearing Protection Act, which includes changing the definition of a silencer to include a “keystone part,” something that will be useful in the context of modular silencers and would also change the definition of a silencer to no longer include “any part designed and intended for for use in assembling or fabricating a silencer.”

The proposed bill also alters the language concerning armor piercing ammunition to require that it be the manufacturer’s intent for the ammunition to be used in a handgun. More importantly, the bill also provides a robust provision relating to interstate travel with firearms and the protections afforded under federal law. Notably, the bill defines the term term ‘transport’ to include “staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental to the transport.”

The bill was quickly passed by the Subcommittee and surprisingly was passed out of committee the following day. The bill will likely be referred to the Rules Committee, which sets the rules on the procedures to debate a bill on the floor. The committee can be bypassed by 2/3rds of the house voting to suspend the rules, a discharge petition or the House can use a Calendar Wednesday procedure (head to Google to learn more on that).

What can you do to get this ball rolling? Head on over to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ to find your Representative. You’ll want to pick up the phone and call the Washington D.C. office to tell him that you support HR 3668 and you would like him or her to support the bill as well. Then call Paul Ryan’s office at (202) 225-3031 and tell the person that you support the bill and want the Speaker to bring it to the floor for a vote.

If the bill passes the House, which seems likely based on the makeup, it will then head to the Senate where it will be a battle. We’ll have more on that and what to do when the time comes.


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About the Author

Adam Kraut is a firearms law attorney practicing in southeastern PA and across the country federally. He is currently petitioning to be placed back on the ballot for the NRA Board of Directors in 2018. Adam hosts The Legal Brief, a show dedicated to crushing the various myths and misinformation around various areas of the gun world. He is also the general manager of a gun store in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Instagram: @theadamkraut
Twitter: @Kraut4NRA
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URL: www.adamkraut.com


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