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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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New Hampshire: Governor Signs Suppressor Legislation

Saturday, June 11, 2016

New Hampshire: Governor Signs Suppressor Legislation

Today, Governor Maggie Hassan signed House Bill 500 into law.  House Bill 500, sponsored by Representative John Burt (R-39), would repeal ...

Illinois: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You on Suppressor Legalization Legislation!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Illinois: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You on Suppressor Legalization Legislation!

The Illinois General Assembly will have to return to Springfield for a summer session because it failed to ...

What “Strong Case” for Gun Registration?

News  

Friday, June 3, 2016

What “Strong Case” for Gun Registration?

Most guns aren’t registered, most gun owners aren’t licensed, and firearm-related violent crime is at nearly an all-time ...

Illinois: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2016 Legislative Session, But the Fight is Not Over

Hunting  

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Illinois: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2016 Legislative Session, But the Fight is Not Over

Last night, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned at midnight before passing a critical piece of legislation.

Illinois: Senate to Consider Pro-Gun Amendment for Suppressor Legalization Today

Hunting  

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Illinois: Senate to Consider Pro-Gun Amendment for Suppressor Legalization Today

It is important that you immediately contact your state Senator and politely urge them to concur on House ...

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Legislation to be Introduced in Legislature

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Legislation to be Introduced in Legislature

On Sunday, May 29, a bill that would legalize firearm sound suppressors will be introduced and considered by ...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Arizona: Governor Ducey Signs Pro-Gun Legislation

Today, Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2446 into law

Vermont:  Legislature Adjourns and Gun Owners Emerge as Victors

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Vermont: Legislature Adjourns and Gun Owners Emerge as Victors

Last Friday, the Vermont General Assembly wrapped up its work for the 2016 Legislative Session, and Vermont gun ...

New Hampshire: NRA-Endorsed Suppressor Legislation Passes Final Concurrence Vote

Hunting  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New Hampshire: NRA-Endorsed Suppressor Legislation Passes Final Concurrence Vote

Today, House Bill 500 passed its final concurrence vote in the House of Representatives.  Additionally, Senate Bill 336 ...

Arizona: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die with Victories for Second Amendment Supporters

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Arizona: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die with Victories for Second Amendment Supporters

Early this morning,  the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die with four pro-gun bills, Senate Bill 1266, House Bill 2338,House Bill ...

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.