WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of FY11:

“I am disappointed that Congress did not have the opportunity to fully consider NDAA. Instead, Democrats have been far too concerned with advancing their liberal agenda like repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and new START. Now, days before Christmas, Democrats scramble to vote on this yearly legislation with no conference or debate.

“Although, by no means a perfect bill, it provides much-needed funding for our troops stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world to fight the war on terror. This legislation also prevents an increase in health care fees for military families, increases U.S. defenses against cyber attacks, and funds military gear and facilities. Most importantly, NDAA provides a 1.4% pay increase for our troops.  As defenders of our great nation, I fully support our nation’s troops and their continued sacrifices to ensure America remains free.

“NDAA also maintains other substantial measures including the Service Member Second Amendment Protection Act. I introduced this amendment to ensure the second amendment rights of soldiers and DOD civilian employees would be protected. This amendment will prohibit the DOD from requiring the registration of privately owned firearms, ammunition, or other weapons beyond what is already required by state and federal law.

“Lastly, this legislation includes a policy that will prohibit the transfer of terrorists into the United States and ban funds to construct facilities in the United States to hold terrorists. As a long opponent of closing Gitmo, I am proud to help craft this policy to ensure detained terrorists stay where they belong.”

Background Information

-          Senator Inhofe introduced S. 3388, “Service Member Second Amendment Protection Act of 2010, in May 2010 and also offered it as an amendment to the NDAA for FY11. This amendment allows a military or civilian employee of the Department of Defense to possess, own, carry, or use a private owned firearm or ammunition in keeping with state and federal laws without the additional interference of the Department of Defense when those items are not located on property owned and operated by DOD.