In key states across the country, Shall Sign legislation is moving forward. Shall Sign legislation refers to bills that would require Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) in the state to signoff on NFA applications within a prescribed period of time, unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person.

When the National Firearms Act of 1934 was signed into law, computerized background checks did not exist. At that time, the CLEO signoff was the only means by which individuals applying for a transfer of an NFA item could be vetted. Since 1934, technology has come full circle, but the now antiquated CLEO signoff requirement has remained. Many CLEOs refuse to sign NFA applications, basing their refusal on perceived liability or even purely political reasons.

Shall Sign legislation would fix these issues, ensuring that law abiding citizens within the state would receive their CLEO signature within a reasonable amount of time.

There are currently active bills in the following states:

Arizona House Bill 2535

Kansas House Bill 2578

Oklahoma House Bill 2461

Utah House Bill 373

This legislation is very important. As the bills progress, the ASA will keep you informed. Please check back frequently to find out how you can help!

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