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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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Wall Street Journal  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NRA Wants to Ease Laws on Buying Gun Suppressors

The National Rifle Association, which typically rests its case on the Second Amendment and personal security, is framing ...

Hawaii: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hawaii: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns

Today, May 4, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2017 session.  While session began with a range of gun ...

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Gun Laws  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” ...

Study on Noise Exposure Suggests Firearm Owners Would Benefit from Better Access to Suppressors

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Second Amendment  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Study on Noise Exposure Suggests Firearm Owners Would Benefit from Better Access to Suppressors

Gun owners should always make sure to use proper hearing protection when operating firearms. Unfortunately, evidence from a ...

Record-High Gun Industry Figures Reflect Surges in Sales and Permits

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Second Amendment  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Record-High Gun Industry Figures Reflect Surges in Sales and Permits

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recently released a report detailing the sizeable contribution the firearm and ...

Reuters  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Millions of Americans risk hearing loss from jobs and guns

Many people are exposed to dangerously loud sounds at work and at play, and most of them don't ...

The Hill.com  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Iowa governor signs sweeping expansion of gun rights

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday signed one of the most ambitious expansions of gun rights legislation passed in ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tennessee Senate OKs Bills to Allow Guns in Boats, Silencers

The Tennessee Senate has voted to let people use silencers on guns for the sake of hearing and ...

McClatchy  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gun enthusiasts want to make buying suppressors easier. They have a friend in Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter who credits his Czech grandfather with getting him interested in the outdoors, ...

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

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Second Amendment  

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

Last week, we wrote about Americans for Responsible Solutions’ irresponsible misinformation about The Hearing Protection Act on Twitter.  ...

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.