In last week's article, I discussed Senate Bill 213, read on the open floor by California Democrat Barbara Boxer. The article went somewhat viral and a petition seemed to pop up a couple days later. I also began to see a lot of confused comments online, both between Airsoft Society and Facebook. Due to the overwhelming response of the article, I have decided to follow the original up with some additional clarifying information.
First, I feel it is necessary to explain the legislative process to clarify what is going on to those of you who don't quite understand how laws are created and passed. The legislative side of the U.S. government is set up with checks and balances. This is achieved by having two parts of Congress, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. For a law to be passed, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have to pass the law with a vote, submit it to the President of the United States, and he must sign it into law. At this point, Senate Bill 213 has only been read and introduced into the Senate. It has not been voted on at this time but it has been forwarded to a committee for further guidance.
Senate Bill 213 is an amendment to an already established law that many of you are familiar with. The current law requires airsoft guns to be manufactured or imported into the United States with an orange tip. If Senate Bill 213 were to pass, it changes the current regulation, requiring guns to be a specified color (white, bright orange, red, or any other specific bright color).
Where a lot of people seem to be getting confused is how it will affect the individual player and the sport. This bill does not change your gun or what you can do to your gun. What it does affect happens long before it gets to your hands. Senate Bill 213 would require all manufactures, importers, or retailers in the U.S. to abide by the color regulations. This bill says that all guns will be sold in these bright colors. The only exception to the law would be guns, which are specifically used for movies and theatrical productions.
This bill will not take away your guns or take away your sport. It would simply change the color of the gun. It also does not specify that a person be required to keep that color once in their possession. Theoretically, once the gun is in your possession, you could paint it however you choose.
At this point, it is also a good idea to address that this is federal regulatory law and for the most part, would be enforced on the distribution side of the industry, not the ownership. However, if individual states were to also write criminal laws prohibiting the possession of an airsoft gun, which is not in these colors, then it could directly affect the player.
I am following this bill, which likely will not pass, but will keep everyone updated. I also want to address that I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. This is my interpretation of what I have read in the proposed law and I suggest you do your own research to form your own interpretation.
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--Brandon Roberts is a counter-terrorism task force officer based out of Meridian, Mississippi. He has been in law enforcement since 2001 and has served as a private military contractor for the U.S. government overseas. Brandon is the author of the Amazon Best Seller List book 'Evading Honesty' and runs milsim with the Florida Tactical Action Club