Advantages of consolidating exhibit houses
By expressly exempting interstate transportation of firearms from the reach of many state firearm laws, it affects state proceedings as well.
Copeland reintroduced the measure, incorporating the Senate floor amendments, in the Seventy-fifth Congress, once again as S.Seven years passed between FOPA's introduction and its Senate vote; the House vote required passage of a discharge petition --only the eighth to succeed in the last twenty-six years. The controversy surrounding FOPA's genesis is commensurate to the legal impact of its provisions.FOPA effectively overrules six decisions of the United States Supreme Court, Act of 1968. FOPA's impact, however, is not limited to the Gun Control Act, nor even to federal statutes.The first American handgun ban was enacted in 1837, restrictions on sale or carrying of handguns were commonplace by the turn of the century, and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws spent seven years in the 1920s preparing a uniform state act on the subject. Nonetheless, prior to 1934, the sole federal statute on the subject was a 1927 ban on use of the mails to ship firearms concealable on the person. The late 1920s and early 1930s brought, however, a growing perception of crime both as a major problem and as a national one. Public officials did much to support the perception; Attorney General Homer Cummings, for instance, publicly estimated that America was being terrorized by half a million armed thugs, a force larger than the contemporary United States Army. The mobility of the automobile enabled criminals, in those pre-police radio days, to move between jurisdictions before police units could generally be alerted; such criminal gangs found the submachinegun (a fully automatic, shoulder-fired weapon utilizing automatic pistol cartridges) and sawed-off shotgun deadly for close-range fighting.The resulting quest for law enforcement solutions approached the incredible.