Republican Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune of South Dakota have introduced legislation that would allow the spouses of active-duty military members to buy handguns. The bill would allow spouses to purchase the gun in the state where their spouse is stationed, but it wouldn’t apply to couples who live on base, Military Times reported.
Republican Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia has proposed similar legislation.
"If the spouse lives on base, they are under the rules set by the base commander," said Katie Douglas, Rounds' press secretary. "Bases still have to follow local and state laws in this regard.”
Currently, it’s illegal for anyone purchase a handgun outside of their home state. "State and local laws still apply, but this bill is focused on handguns," Douglas said. "The Gun Control Act of 1968 states that individuals can only purchase handguns in their state of residency, so this bill seeks to change that for military spouses.”
Rounds said in a statement that the legislation was prompted by recent shootings on military bases, The Hill reported. “At a time of increased threats on military bases and to members of our Armed Forces, it is as important as ever to give military families the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones,” he said.