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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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Winning The Ground Game

News  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winning The Ground Game

Every year tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen work with NRA to advance pro-gun reforms ...

Illinois: Update on Suppressor Legalization Legislation

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Illinois: Update on Suppressor Legalization Legislation

Senate Bill 206, legislation which would legalize the possession and use of suppressors in Illinois was not brought up for consideration ...

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Legislation Passes out of Senate Committee - But your Senator Still Needs to Hear from You!

Hunting  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Legislation Passes out of Senate Committee - But your Senator Still Needs to Hear from You!

Thanks to your emails and calls, Senate Bill 206, legislation which would legalize the possession and use of suppressors in ...

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Legislation on the Move in the Senate – Contact Your Senator in Support Immediately!

Hunting  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Legislation on the Move in the Senate – Contact Your Senator in Support Immediately!

At 4:00pm today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Senate Bill 206, legislation which would legalize the possession and use ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kansas man's homemade gun silencers clash with federal law

The case could reverberate across the country because it cites the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, pitting ...

Ledger Independent  

Monday, November 21, 2016

Congress should quickly pass the Hearing Protection Act of 2015

Like many persons of the Baby Boom generation, I have hearing loss. This is most annoying when I ...

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.

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.