The Obama administration will stop blocking hunters from traveling internationally with their guns amid mounting congressional pressure.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in February began enforcing controversial export regulations that essentially prevented hunters from taking their guns and ammunition back and forth across the border.
After hunters protested, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) demanded this week that the agency withdraw the controversial policy during a meeting with Customs chief R. Gil Kerlikowske. House lawmakers also met with Kerlikowske about the matter.
Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, which controls funding for Customs, said it is “not appropriate” for the agency to stand in the way of hunters exercising their Second Amendment rights.
Customs is withdrawing the controversial policy effective immediately.
“Until the chairman brought this up with me, I actually was unaware of the new protocol,” Kerlikowske told lawmakers Thursday.
“It made no sense to me to continue down this path, and by this afternoon we will be changing our website and our information,” he added.
Kerlikowske was testifying before a House appropriations subcommittee hearing Thursday when Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) said the policy makes it “almost impossible” for hunters to travel internationally with their guns.
“The Second Amendment is something that’s really quite important to me, as it is for millions of Americans,” Stewart said at the hearing. “I’m distressed at times by what I believe is an attempt by this administration to suppress, or to make more difficult, Second Amendment rights for Americans.”