Pro-Gun, Pro-Defense Issue Advocacy

For two decades, Mark Barnes & Associates has worked closely with the firearms and defense industries and pro-gun advocates nationwide to build coalitions and relationships with key legislators and policymakers to advance public policy initiatives important to the firm's clients. With many years of experience, a deep understanding of the firearms business and a passion for protecting the Second Amendment, the firm's attorneys give clients both the legal and legislative affairs assistance they need to address their public policy concerns. On behalf of its clients, the firm has engaged on a number of major defense and firearms issues, including:

  • U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Legislative restrictions on the use of government firearms data
  • Federal firearms trace data collection
  • Taxpayer-funded anti-gun research
  • Government-mandated security regulations for all Federal Firearms Licensees
  • The National Instant Criminal Background Check System
  • Protection of gun-show sponsors' rights
  • "Curio or relic" firearms matters
  • Concealed carry laws
  • Normal trade relations with Serbia and Montenegro for firearms exports
  • U.S.-origin issues for returning firearms to the United States
  • Arms brokering – remarks before the United Nations Small Arms Conference
  • Importation of nonsporting barrels and receivers legislative advocacy