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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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Hawaii: Hearing Protection Legislation Passes Out of Committee; Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing Next Week

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hawaii: Hearing Protection Legislation Passes Out of Committee; Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing Next Week

On Thursday February 23, at 9:15am the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hear Senate Bill 898.  ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gun industry seeks to ease gov't restrictions on suppressors

Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump as president, the gun industry is renewing a push in Congress ...

Now Hear This: Shooting Sports Are Good for Your Health, But Loud Noise is Not!

News  

Hunting  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Now Hear This: Shooting Sports Are Good for Your Health, But Loud Noise is Not!

We hear it all the time from the anti-gun folks: firearms are a “public health” crisis. The proponents ...

ATF Associate Deputy Director Pens “White Paper” on Reducing Needless Firearms Regulations

News  

Friday, February 10, 2017

ATF Associate Deputy Director Pens “White Paper” on Reducing Needless Firearms Regulations

On Monday, the Washington Post reported on a “white paper” written by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ...

ATF Associate Deputy Director: Time To Reconsider Regulations On Suppressors, “Assault Weapons”

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, February 10, 2017

ATF Associate Deputy Director: Time To Reconsider Regulations On Suppressors, “Assault Weapons”

A recently published “white paper” from ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk suggests National Firearms Act (NFA) regulation ...

Washington Post  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CDC says 24% of adults have hearing loss due to noise

A quarter of people ages 20 to 69 were suffering some hearing deficits, the CDC reported in its ...

The News Journal  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hearing safety is a real, not imagined safety need

Those who think that a suppression device on a firearm makes it in some way more deadly, more ...

Hawaii: Important Hearing Protection Legislation to be Heard Friday

Hunting  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hawaii: Important Hearing Protection Legislation to be Heard Friday

On Friday, February 10, the House Water and Land Committee will hear House Bill 1589, sponsored by Representative Ryan Yamane ...

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 ...

NRA ILA

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.