Current law on interstate transportation that would be messed up with the Toomey-Manchin bill.
Here’s how. The current law lets you drive through a state with the gun in your trunk or locked container if you don’t have a trunk. The new law says, no… you don’t get to drive through the state IF you intend to commit a crime that is punishable by more than a year. On the surface, that seems right. The problem is, just driving through Mass. without a gun permit is a crime punishable by two years. Hence, the federal protection falls away!
Thanks Dave Kopel for this careful reading!
Here is the current law:
Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.