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Jacobs Leads Colleagues in Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights

April 18, 2022

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) led 15 representatives in introducing the Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act to ensure an individual's right to self-defense is not stripped due to financial hardship.

"An American's right to protect themselves and their family is not conditioned on their financial standing. People fall on hard times, but their fundamental rights afforded under the Second Amendment are ensured by our Constitution and must be protected," Jacobs said. "I am proud to lead this effort in the House to ensure any law-abiding American can continue to defend themselves despite financial hardship, and I will continue my work to protect and defend the Second Amendment."

"I am proud to sponsor legislation to ensure gunowners can always maintain their Constitutional right to bear arms. The government should not be allowed to take advantage of lawful gunowners who have declared bankruptcy," Rep. Stefanik (NY-21) said.

"The Second Amendment is one of the most fundamental rights in our Constitution," Rep. Feenstra (IA-04) said. "Bankruptcy proceedings should not disqualify any American from exercising their constitutional freedoms. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I will always protect the right to keep and bear arms."

"The right to self-defense is God given," Mullin (OK-02) said. "Our bankruptcy code should reflect that. As the Biden Administration continues their assault on our Second Amendment rights, we must stay diligent in protecting them. I want to thank my fellow cosponsors on this bill who recognize this too."

"The Second Amendment codified Americans' right to keep and bear arms, and that right should not be considered circumstantial. This legislation will ensure that, even when they may be struggling financially, responsible gun owners across America are still able to access their firearms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution," Rep. Newhouse (WA-04) said.

The Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act (H.R. 7493) would modify federal bankruptcy law to allow an individual debtor to exempt from their bankruptcy estate one or more firearms up to a total maximum value of $3,000. The bill also specifies that such firearms are household goods that are not subject to liens in bankruptcy.

The legislation was originally cosponsored by Representatives Cawthorn (NC-11), Newhouse (WA-04), Weber (TX-14), Mooney (WV-02), Van Drew (NJ-02), Garbarino (NY-02), Stefanik (NY-21), Tenney (NY-22), Mullin (OK-02), Gosar (AZ-04), McKinley (WV-01), Budd (NC-13), Norman (SC-05), Feenstra (IA-04), and Herrell (NM-02)

Read more about Rep. Jacobs' work to protect the Second Amendment:

Jacobs cosponsored the Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act (H.R. 1680) – This legislation implements and strengthens simple but needed protections for traveling gun owners to prevent prosecution by states or municipalities seeking to erode the rights of law-abiding Americans.

Jacobs also cosponsored the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (H.R. 1715) - This legislation specifically prohibits states from enacting restrictions, licensing requirements, or regulations on shotguns and rifles that are more restrictive than current federal law – effectively repealing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013.

Jacobs cosponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) - This legislation allows a federally qualifying individual to carry a concealed handgun into, or possess a concealed handgun in, another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms, simplifying travel for concealed carry permit holders.

Jacobs filed an amicus brief in NYSRPA v Corlett expressing his support for every New Yorker's right to defend themselves and their family.

In addition, Jacobs has held the line and voted against numerous pieces of legislation that would restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Jacobs is proud to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment and deeply appreciates its place in our region's heritage