[Virginia's own] U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) recently introduced H.R. 131, a bill that would more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition for law-abiding gun owners.
H.R. 131 would ensure the law has the effect Congress intended when it passed more than 25 years ago. Specifically, the legislation would make clear that transportation of both firearms and ammunition is federally protected, as well as expand the protections afforded to travelers to include "staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental" to the trip. Additionally, the bill would place the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that the traveler failed to comply with the law.
Here's the text... it appears to do so in a general sense, but any thoughts from our legal department on whether this adequately addresses diverted airline flights into NY or NJ for those properly carrying in their luggage? Law-abiding folks, legally carrying their firearms in checked luggage, have been arrested when their flights were diverted to NY/NJ due to unforeseen circumstances, and they retrieved their bags. Anyone know Mr. Griffith? It would be a good question to ask him.