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The goal of this site is to bring attention to the legal deficiencies surrounding firearms covered under the "National Firearms Act", called "NFA firearms" herein.  These fall under five major categories :

Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) - Firearms with a shoulder stock, rifled bore, and a barrel length shorter than 16"

Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS) - Firearms with a shoulder stock, smooth bore, and barrel length shorter than 18"

Destructive Devices (DD) - Firearms with a bore greater than 0.50" that are not found to have a particular "sporting use"

Machine Guns (MG) - Firearms capable of more than one shot per pull of the trigger, firearms that are "readily convertible" to fire more than one shot per pull of the trigger, or any device or combination of devices or parts that can convert an existing weapon to fire more than one shot per pull of the trigger.

Any Other Weapon (AOW) - Firearms that are neither Pistols, Rifles, SBRs, or SBSs

 

For firearms fitting one of these descriptions, there are a number of extra legal hurdles currently in place for civilians to purchase and own these firearms.

The NFA Tax - a $200 Tax stamp for the creation of any NFA item, and for the transfer of any but an AOW (which is a $5 tax stamp)

A Form 1 or Form 4 application, typically requiring submission of photographs, fingerprint cards, and a Form 1 or Form 4 signed by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) and submitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE)

Approval by BAFTE after background checks and verification that creation and possession would not violate state law

 

For Machine Guns, there is an additional wrinkle - since the passage of the Hughes Amendment in 1986, no new machineguns may be created by civilians or transferred into civilian hands.  This, of course, does not affect the government, or even limit the local dog-catcher from acquiring such weapons, only civilians.

We believe that the NFA system is an infringement on the second amendment rights of Americans, that it is overly vague, and that it focuses more on penalties for victimless crimes than on actually attacking real gun trafficking and criminal use.  I ask that you explore this site further to see more examples of why the system is "broken", what we are recommending as possible fixes, and how you can help to make reform a reality.