Feenstra Introduces Legislation to Protect Firearms Rights of Rental Property Tenants

WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, introduced Preserving Tenants’ Rights by Ensuring Compliance (PROTECTING) for the Second Amendment Act. The proposal seeks to enforce the rights of Second Amendment tenants, especially those living in residences that receive federal financial assistance, by ensuring that those owners and managers of rental properties cannot legally restrict possession of property. ‘fire arms.

“No tenant should have to sacrifice their constitutional right to bear arms because of their income level or the type of housing they live in,” said Representative Feenstra. “Unfortunately, in some cases, landlords can impose restrictions on tenants who violate their basic right to self-protection. My PROTECT the Second Amendment Act will end this and maintain Second Amendment rights for all federally assisted tenants. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I will continue to support all efforts to remove illegal or unnecessary barriers to gun ownership. “

The PROTECT Second Amendment Act is supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA).


It also received the support of 39 original House Cosponsors, including Republican U.S. Reps Rick Allen of Georgia, Brian Babin of Texas, Don Bacon of Nebraska, Jim Baird of Indiana, Kat Cammack of Florida, Madison Cawthorn of Carolina. from North, Ben Cline from Virginia, Andrew Clyde from Georgia, Rick Crawford from Arkansas, Warren Davidson from Ohio, Jeff Duncan from South Carolina, Scott Franklin from Florida, Bob Gibbs from Ohio, Andy Harris or Maryland, Diana Harshbarger from Tennessee, Ashley Hinson from Iowa, Richard Hudson from North Carolina, Ronny Jackson from Texas, Chris Jacobs from New York, Doug LaMalfa from California, Doug Lamborn from Colorado, Jake LaTurner from Kansas, Nancy Mace from South Carolina, Tracey Mann from Kansas, David McKinley from West Virginia, Dan Meuser from Pennsylvania, Mary Miller from Illinois, Marianette Miller-Meeks from Iowa, John Moolenaar from Michigan, Alex Mooney from West Virginia, Ralph Norman from South Carolina , Scott Perry of Pennsyl vanie, John Rose from Tennessee, Jason Smith from Missouri, Thomas Tiffany from Wisconsin, Beth Van Duyne from Texas, Tim Walberg from Michigan, Randy Weber from Texas and Joe Wilson from South Carolina.

The issue of respecting Second Amendment rights for tenants has gained attention across the country in recent years. For example, in President Biden’s home state of Delaware, the Supreme Court overturned a Wilmington Housing Authority policy that limited the rights of their tenants to bear arms in 2014. Last year, the legislature of Iowa passed a sweeping gun rights bill, which includes a provision that prevents landlords – especially those who receive federal rent assistance funds – from prohibiting tenants from owning homes. fire arms.

The PROTECT Second Amendment law has three main objectives:

  • Protect the rights of tenants in federally subsidized rental housing to legally own a firearm in their home;
  • Allow legal transport in common areas when entering and leaving, and;
  • Prevent property managers who accept federal assistance from prohibiting or discriminating against a tenant’s right to own firearms.

Read the legislation below:

PROTECT the law from the second amendment

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