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May 3, 2008

Overview of the National Firearms Act

The National Firearm Act of 1934 was enacted in reaction to activities of gangsters and outlaws of the time. The original law was passed as tax legislation in order to discourage ownership of certain firearms and destructive devices without creating an outright prohibition of the items. The tax on the weapons of $200 was a substantial amount of money in 1934. Because criminals were unlikely to register their NFA weapons, the government was able to use the possession of the weapons without proper tax as a tool to arrest and stop criminal activity. At the time the enforcement of the NFA was the responsibility of the Department of the Treasury.

The National Firearms act controls the ownership, transfer, and possession of a limited set of devices which include machine guns, silencers, short barreled rifles, and short barreled shotguns by requiring federal registration and a tax stamp for each device owned or transferred. The tax stamp is acquired in the registration process and requires specific paperwork. This paperwork referred to as a form 4 or form 1 typically requires a signature of local law enforcement, fingerprints and a payment of the $200 tax. Later the tax on 'any other weapons was changed to $5. The tax is payable at manufacture and each time the NFA device changes ownership except when it is inherited or a dealer acquires the device.

The NFA also required serial numbers on firearms and made it unlawful to alter them. The process had the effect of registering all manufacturers, importers, and dealers.

In 1986, the Firearm Owners Protection Act made the manufacture of new machine guns for the non-government agencies illegal. Machine guns manufactured prior to 1986 can continue to be bought and sold. The limited supply of these devices has cause the prices to rise on a yearly basis.

Currently the National Firearms Act is administered by the National Firearms Act Branch of the BATFE or the ATF as it is often referred to.

May 3, 2008

AFT National Firearms Act Handbook

ATF_NFA_COVER.gifThe National Firearms Act (NFA) Handbook is available to download.

The NFA Handbook is not available in a printed version any more You may download the entire book (9MB) or its individual chapters

May 2, 2008

Delaware (DE) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Delaware NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Delaware you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Delaware you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
Machine Guns
Silencers
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)

Follow this link to find out more about Delaware and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

May 1, 2008

Georgia (GA) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Georgia NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Georgia you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Georgia you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Georgia and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 29, 2008

Idaho (ID) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Idaho NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Idaho you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Idaho you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Idaho and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 27, 2008

Iowa (IA) What NFA Firearms can I own? Updated 4/20/09

Iowa NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Iowa you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Iowa you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Although Title II firearms are permitted in the state their ownership is severely limited to the following circumstances.

1. Any peace officer.

2. Any member of the armed forces of the United States or of the national guard.

3. Any person in the service of the United States.

4. A correctional officer, serving in an institution under the authority of the Iowa department of corrections.

5. Any person who under the laws of this state
and the United States, is lawfully engaged in the business of supplying those authorized to possess such devices.

6. Any person, firm or corporation who under the laws of this state and the United States is lawfully engaged in the improvement, invention or manufacture of firearms.

7. Any museum or similar place which possesses, solely as relics, offensive weapons which are rendered permanently unfit for use.

8. A resident of this state who possesses an offensive weapon which is a curio or relic firearm under the federal Firearms Act, 18 U.S.C. ch. 44,solely for use in the official functions of a historical reenactment organization of which the person is a member, if the offensive weapon has been permanently rendered unfit for the firing of live ammunition. The offensive weapon may, however, be adapted for the firing of blank ammunition.

9. A nonresident who possesses an offensive weapon which is a curio or relic firearm under the federal Firearms Act, 18 U.S.C. ch. 44, solely for use in official functions in this state of a historical reenactment organization of which the person is a member, if the offensive weapon is legally possessed by the person in the person's state of residence and the offensive weapon is at all times while in this state rendered incapable of firing live ammunition. A nonresident who possesses an offensive weapon under this subsection while in this state shall not have in the person's possession live ammunition. The offensive weapon may, however, be adapted for the firing of blank ammunition.

Follow this link to find out more about Iowa and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 26, 2008

Indiana (IN) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Indiana NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Indiana you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Indiana you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS) ****

NOTE: Only Only a law enforcement officer who is acting in the course of the officer's official duties or a person who manufactures or imports for sale or sells a SBS to a law enforcement agency may possess a SBS.
Follow this link to find out more about Indiana and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 25, 2008

Kansas (KS) What NFA Firearms can I own? Updated

Kansas NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Kansas (after July 1, 2008) you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Silencers
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Kansas you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
NONE

Follow this link to find out more about Kansas and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 24, 2008

Kentucky (KY) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Kentucky NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Kentucky you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Kentucky you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Kentucky and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 23, 2008

Louisiana (LA) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Louisiana NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Louisiana you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns (War relics only with written permission of Sheriff of Parrish)
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Louisiana you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Louisiana and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 22, 2008

Maine (ME) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Maine NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Maine you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Maine you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Maine and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 21, 2008

Maryland (MD) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Maryland NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Maryland you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Maryland you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Maryland and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 20, 2008

Massachusetts (MA) What NFA Firearms can I own? Updated

Massachusetts NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Massachusetts you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns * with permit
Silencers * Only for law enforcement use while in scope of official duties
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Massachusetts you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Massachusetts and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 17, 2008

Mississippi (MS) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Mississippi NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Mississippi you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Mississippi you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Mississippi and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

April 16, 2008

Missouri (MO) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Missouri NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Missouri you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Missouri you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
Destructive Devices (DD)

Follow this link to find out more about Missouri and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

Note: In Missouri you must have a C&R or FFL to purchase a Title II firearm. A NFA firearms trust cannot be the holder of a FFL or C&R. They must be held by an individual, corporation, or LLC. There may be advantages to having your LLC or corporation owned by a trust so that the trust can deal with Incapacity, death, and give guidance for ownership and transfer of the firearms. In addition, you can have the trust be the manager of an LLC and thus allow for easy modification of the who is authorized to access, use, transfer, and possess the Title II firearms.