Now it looks like some relief is on the way, although with an unusual twist.
At the recent global biodiversity conference in Bangkok, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe suggested a somewhat inelegant, but workable solution that could help traveling musicians who live in fear of losing their instruments to a over-vigilant official.
The idea is that your instruments would be issued a "passport" that would be good for 3 years and be honored throughout the world.
There are no details about the complexity of obtaining the passport and what would be covered, but the proposal is only one of 70 at the conference that will be voted upon in the next 2 weeks.
There hasn't been any word on the competing proposals, but whatever one is chosen, it's a lot better than what we have to deal with currently, where uncertainty prevails. In the meantime, all we have is a take on the NRA slogan - "I'll give you my instrument when you pry it from my cold dead hands!"
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