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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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Chicago Tribune  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gun suppressors are nothing to fear

Some perspective is in order. Right now, getting a federal firearm permit requires a $200 fee, an extensive ...

Your Members of Congress Need to Hear from You on the Hearing Protection Act of 2017

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Your Members of Congress Need to Hear from You on the Hearing Protection Act of 2017

On Monday, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) – joined by co-sponsors Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) ...

Independent Mail  

Friday, January 13, 2017

U.S. Rep. Duncan seeks to ease federal restrictions on suppressors

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan and a Texas congressman introduced legislation this week that would ease federal restrictions on ...

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Bill Reintroduced as Senate Bill 50 for 2017

Hunting  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Bill Reintroduced as Senate Bill 50 for 2017

Today, the Illinois General Assembly convened for its 2017 Legislative Session.  Following where it left off in 2016, ...

NRA Applauds Senator Crapo on Introduction of Hearing Protection Act

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Hunting  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NRA Applauds Senator Crapo on Introduction of Hearing Protection Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo on Wednesday for introducing ...

Illinois: Suppressor Legislation Fight will Continue into 2017 Legislative Session

Hunting  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois: Suppressor Legislation Fight will Continue into 2017 Legislative Session

Today, the Illinois General Assembly was expected to consider Senate Bill 206, legislation that sought to legalize the ...

NRA Applauds the Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367

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Hunting  

Monday, January 9, 2017

NRA Applauds the Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC) and John ...

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Bill could be Considered at Any Time

Hunting  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Bill could be Considered at Any Time

Senate Bill 206, legislation which would legalize the possession and use of suppressors in Illinois is pending consideration in the Senate ...

National Review  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Making Guns Great Again

Thanks to movies — and the name “silencers” — people tend to think that silencers make guns silent. ...

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 ...

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.