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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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Breitbart  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ATF Associate Deputy Director: ‘Assault Weapons’ Import Ban Nonsensical

In a “white paper” published by the Washington Post, ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk shows that a continued ...

Washington Post  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Senior ATF official proposes loosening gun regulations

The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce ...

Washington Post  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Senior ATF official proposes loosening gun regulations

The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce ...

Time for the feds to deregulate gun suppressors

The Hill.com  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Time for the feds to deregulate gun suppressors

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The Gazette.com  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Protect our gun rights

The current legislative session in Des Moines has included some common-sense gun legislation that would shore up the ...

When Laws Collide: Federal Preemption and State Firearm Freedom Acts

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Gun Laws  

Friday, February 3, 2017

When Laws Collide: Federal Preemption and State Firearm Freedom Acts

For the last several years, so-called “Firearms Freedom Acts” or “Second Amendment Preservation Acts” have attracted a lot ...

5 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Suppressors

News  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

5 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Suppressors

There is an old joke that the “official NRA handshake” is a person saying “What?” as he or ...

Mixture of Pro and Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in the Hawaii Legislature

Hunting  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mixture of Pro and Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in the Hawaii Legislature

Wednesday, January 25, marked the cutoff date for bill introduction in the Hawaii legislature and as expected, a ...

Disinformation Campaign on the Hearing Protection Act Continues

News  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Disinformation Campaign on the Hearing Protection Act Continues

This month the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) ...

Illinois: Hearing Canceled for Suppressor Legalization Bill

Hunting  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Illinois: Hearing Canceled for Suppressor Legalization Bill

The previously scheduled hearing for Senate Bill 50, legislation which would legalize the possession and use of suppressors ...

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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.