The Washington Post recently wrote a piece regarding the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2017 (SHARE Act), in which it states that Congress is using this legislation to protect the rights of the sportsmen and women in America.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) considers this piece nothing more than fake news. As such, the NRA decided to clear up the misconceptions set forth by The Post.
Fact or Fiction?
According to The Post, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2017 allows individuals to “bring assault guns and other weapons through jurisdictions where they are banned.”
For more than three decades, under federal law, persons who legally possess a firearm are permitted to transport their firearm from one place where possession of said firearm is legal to another place where possessing that firearm is lawful. However, in anti-gun states like New Jersey and New York prosecutors have disregarded this law, continually arresting individuals who are lawfully traveling with their firearms: One goal of the SHARE Act is to eliminate such injustices.
The Post claims that under this Act, hunters “will load their automatic weapons with armor-piercing bullets, strap on silencers, head off to the picnic grounds on nearby public lakes — and start shooting.”
The Law as it Pertains to Automatic Weapons
Hunting with a firearm that is fully automatic is illegal in all 50 states and, because of the ban that was enacted in 1986 forbidding the manufacturing and importation of these weapons, this type of firearm is very rare in the U.S. The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2017 does not change this ban.
All the ammunition used in shotguns and rifles is considered armor piercing. The reality is that Congress had no intention of placing restrictions on these forms of ammunition; instead, the SHARE Act is meant to clarify congressional intent as well as limit any conflicting interpretations.
‘Public Lakes and Picnic Grounds’
There are laws in place restricting one’s ability to hunt and shoot on public lands; therefore, heading to a picnic area or public lake to shoot and hunt is still illegal.
These are just a few of the fictitious claims from The Washington Post that the NRA acknowledged and then refuted.
~ Firearm Daily