Gun LawWhat is the National Firearms Act?

February 19, 2018by rjshooklaw0

The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 was the first major federal law regulating firearms. The NFA has now been codified under 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53 as part of the Gun Control Act of 1968, and is commonly referred to as Title II of the Federal Firearms Laws, or simply Title II. It is a federal tax provision that applies to certain weapon types. These weapons may only be possessed if they are allowed under state law and the NFA tax has been paid. Because the NFA is often referred to as Title II of the Federal Firearms Laws, weapons thereunder may be referred to as “Title II” or “NFA” weapons. The tax payment takes the form of a stamp purchase, and is $200 for machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, rifles, and suppressors. Weapons classified as “any other weapon” are subject to a $5 tax. The NFA is currently codified under 26 U.S.C. § 5801 et seq. The NFA was enacted during the age of American Gangster in an attempt to curb the use and possession of the Thompson Sub-Machine gun. The Thompson was the favorite weapon of many American Gansters such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and John Dillinger. Attorney Shook is a descendant of John Dillinger, and in 2013, he was given the opportunity to fire an original Thompson, which was issued to the FBI in the 1930’s.


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