Mullin Introduces Bill to Protect Tribal Members’ Second Amendment Rights

Today, U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), a member of Cherokee Nation, introduced the Tribal Firearm Access Act to allow Tribal members to lawfully purchase firearms using their Tribal government-issued identification (ID).

Under current law, firearms may be purchased with a foreign government passport, yet Native American citizens are prohibited from using an ID issued by a tribal government, to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“Tribal citizens, and all law-abiding Americans, have a fundamental right to keep and bear arms,” said Senator Markwayne Mullin. “For too long, a lapse in existing law has prohibited Tribal members from using their Tribal government-issued ID to lawfully purchase firearms. Our commonsense legislation corrects this unconstitutional infringement. I’m proud to be leading this legislation in the Senate to protect Tribal members’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

Senator Mullin led this legislation with Senators John Thune (R-SD), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) led the House version.

The Tribal Firearm Access Act is endorsed by The National Rifle Association (NRA), The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), The National Native American Law Enforcement Association (NNALEA), The Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition (FRAC), and Gun Owners of America (GOA)