In a move to protect both antique guns and musical instruments, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is fighting an federal ban on ivory backed by the White House.
Alexander has introduced legislation that would allow an exemption to the transport of legacy items containing ivory across state lines and through international ports of entry.
While ivory imports have largely been banned since 1990, the controversial precious material could still be commercially traded inside the country. However, under Executive Orders from the White House, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has since February 2014 made moves to implement a nearly complete ban on the commercial ivory trade.
“For those of us who are concerned that this administration is trying to take away our guns, this regulation could actually do that,” Alexander said on the Senate floor Thursday. “If this regulation is approved, when you decide to sell a gun, a guitar or anything else across state lines that contains [legal] African elephant ivory, the government would actually take them away – even if you inherited them or bought them at a time when the sale of ivory was not illegal.”