S. 2587, Lawful Ivory Protection Act

ivory.grips S. 2587, the Lawful Ivory Protection Act, would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to allow for some exemptions on the possession of ivory. It would not allow the production of new goods, but would allow those made before Feb. 25, 2014, often historically significant antiques, to be grandfathered. Currently a gun owner who traveled abroad with a firearm that contains ivory would not be allowed to bring it back into the country. Under the language of Alexander’s bill, they would. 

Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) has introduced a companion bill, H.R. 5052 in the U.S. House.

Gun rights groups on the other hand have weighed in on the subtle pitfalls of ivory ban legislation.

“While the goal of restricting illegal commerce in endangered species is laudable, the effects of the ivory ban would be disastrous for American firearms owners and sportsmen, as well as anyone else who currently owns ivory,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action in a release earlier this month. 

Senate Bill 2587 is currently in the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


Published on Jul 24, 2014

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today spoke on the Senate floor on legislation he has introduced that prevents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from prohibiting the interstate commerce of legal ivory, and products that contain legal ivory, such as firearms, musical instruments, antiques, and family heirlooms.


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