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National Firearms Act (NFA)

The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) requires the registration, with the federal government, of fully-automatic firearms (termed “machineguns”), rifles and shotguns that have an overall length under 26 inches, rifles with a barrel under 16 inches, shotguns with a barrel under 18 inches, and firearm sound suppressors (termed “silencers”). The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) placed “destructive devices” (primarily explosives and the like, but also including firearms over .50 caliber, other than most shotguns) under the provisions of the NFA. In 1994, the Treasury Department placed revolving-cylinder shotguns and one semi-automatic shotgun under the NFA.

The GCA prohibited the importation of fully-automatic firearms for private purposes and a 1986 amendment to the Act prohibited the domestic manufacture of fully-automatics for private purposes. However, short-barreled rifles and shotguns have becoming increasingly popular for home defense and defensive-skills-based marksmanship training and competitions, and sound suppressors have become increasingly popular for marksmanship training and competitions, and for hunting.

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Arkansas: Urgent Action Needed – Urge Governor Hutchinson to Sign Pro-Gun Legislation

Monday, March 18, 2019

Arkansas: Urgent Action Needed – Urge Governor Hutchinson to Sign Pro-Gun Legislation

Currently awaiting the Governor’s signature is pro-gun legislation, Senate Bill 400. 

Arkansas: Multiple Gun Bills Scheduled for a House Committee Hearing Tomorrow

Monday, March 11, 2019

Arkansas: Multiple Gun Bills Scheduled for a House Committee Hearing Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider multiple bills.

Arkansas: House Committee to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

Friday, March 8, 2019

Arkansas: House Committee to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

As early as next Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee could consider important pro-gun legislation, Senate Bill 400. 

Democrat Congressman Wants to Tax and Register Squirrel Guns

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Democrat Congressman Wants to Tax and Register Squirrel Guns

By the standards of today’s anti-gun zealots, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) seems at first glance to be aiming ...

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Friday, December 21, 2018

NRA Statement on Bump Fire Stock Rule

This week, the Department of Justice announced that it would soon be releasing a final rule classifying “bump-stock-type-devices” ...

Former ATF Agent Pulls Mask Off Giffords’s Plans for Federal AR-15 Registration

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Former ATF Agent Pulls Mask Off Giffords’s Plans for Federal AR-15 Registration

In an odd turn, just before Halloween one prominent gun control group briefly got out of costume. When ...

The Hill  

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Retired ATF agent and Giffords employee says AR-15 rifles should be regulated like machine guns

David Chipman, a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent, on Monday said AR-15 rifles ...

California: Update on Firearm-Related Bills Heard in Committee This Week

Thursday, April 12, 2018

California: Update on Firearm-Related Bills Heard in Committee This Week

Yesterday, Wednesday, April 11, the Assembly Appropriations committee passed AB 2151, making it eligible for a vote on ...

Cutting the Data: Strong Interest in Suppressors Continued in 2017

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Cutting the Data: Strong Interest in Suppressors Continued in 2017

The number of Form 4 applications received by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) in ...

Nebraska: Suppressor Ban to be Heard on Thursday

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nebraska: Suppressor Ban to be Heard on Thursday

On Thursday, January 25, the Nebraska Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider anti-gun Legislative Bill 780.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.