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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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Spokane Police To Use Suppressors To Protect Hearing

News  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spokane Police To Use Suppressors To Protect Hearing

The Spokane PD has 181 service rifles in its inventory; using suppressors on them has the potential to reduce ...

The Spokesman-Review  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Spokane Police will add suppressors to rifles, citing concerns about hearing damage

Rifles carried by Spokane police on patrol will soon be equipped with suppressors, a move the department says ...

Politifact  

Monday, October 9, 2017

No, gun silencers wouldn't have worsened the Las Vegas shooting

Our research shows that a suppressor would not have made a difference in the Las Vegas case, because ...

Washington Post  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Two Pinocchios: Tim Kaine’s claim the Las Vegas shooter ‘was only stopped’ because he lacked a ‘silencer’

Kaine should be more careful when talking about weapons, especially during a national tragedy. We will accept his ...

Roll Call  

Friday, September 29, 2017

Pelosi Evokes Scalise Shooting in Opposition to SHARE Act

On the day House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the Capitol, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi evoked ...

In Case You Missed It: Head of FOP Debunks Gun Control lobby’s Main Argument Against the Hearing Protection Act

News  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

In Case You Missed It: Head of FOP Debunks Gun Control lobby’s Main Argument Against the Hearing Protection Act

"With respect to the silencer provision, we have taken a position that we do not object to that ...

Gun Control Lobby Seeks to Thwart SHARE Act with Hysteria, Fear Mongering

News  

Hunting  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Gun Control Lobby Seeks to Thwart SHARE Act with Hysteria, Fear Mongering

The panic is now starting to set in amongst the gun control lobby, which is desperately searching for ...

Politico  

Friday, September 22, 2017

House GOP pushes to loosen gun rules

House GOP leaders are moving forward with plans to vote on two gun-related measures in the coming weeks, ...

Anti-Gun Politicians: Blocking Out The Facts About Suppressors

Hunting  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Anti-Gun Politicians: Blocking Out The Facts About Suppressors

As soon as the Hearing Protection Act was put forward on Jan. 9, 2017, leftists came out of ...

The Daily Caller  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chris W. Cox: The Washington Post Gets It Wrong On New Gun Legislation

Law-abiding gun owners are tired of reading articles from elitist writers who want nothing more than to eliminate ...

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.