Is it time for the National Firearms Act of 1934 to go?

First lets look at what the NFA is. The National Firearms Act of 1934 requires an additional tax and registration for certain types of firearms.  Namely, Fully Automatic Weapons (FA), Short Barreled Rifles (SBR), Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS), Suppressors (you know these as silencers),  and various other types of weapons (AOW).  Seems simple enough. If you want to own one of these, the ATF gets to have a thorough look into your life for a bit, you have to pay an additional tax, the weapon has to be registered and have paperwork with it and so on.  Let’s think about when this was passed though, right after the prohibition era when Chicago era gangsters became “popular”, like Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and so on.  In a way it made sense at the time.  Then in 1986, we got the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which completely banned fully automatic weapons that were not registered as of the date that it went into effect (unless for the government).  There was no impetus for this as far as I know. It just happened.  This wasn’t to curb Chicago era gangsters, (who didn’t follow the damned law anyways…), or because there was some incident involving a fully automatic weapon. It was “just because.”  Now, it is still possible to own a fully automatic firearm. You have to pay the tax, you have to register the firearm, and you have to let the ATF root through your life.  But you also have to pay upwards of $100,000 to buy one, since there aren’t any new ones that are available to the public.  Well that’s kind of irritating, but so be it. As long as it keeps them out of criminals hands, right?

Here’s where it gets stupid, and needs to go.

Law abiding citizens are required to register their NFA items, criminals are not.

Let me run that by you one more time, to see if it registers with you.

Law abiding citizens are required to register their NFA items, criminals are not.

Wait, WTF? Apparently so. You see, in Haynes vs. U.S.; Haynes, successfully argued that since he was legally forbidden to own a firearm (convicted criminal), registering an NFA item would be a breach of his 5th amendment rights.  So, by law, a criminal does not have to register these items, and cannot be punished for not registering them, but someone who is a law abiding citizen, is not afforded the same luxury, and will be punished. So, the NFA act, meant to make it more difficult to own certain kinds of weapons, and to add an additional punishment for those that violate it, doesn’t apply if you are a criminal.  I swear it must take effort to be this stupid.

And you wonder why we really don’t care for your idea of “just register your guns.”

In this instance, the supreme court made our argument for us. We say it won’t stop crime because criminals won’t register. Turns out that, by law, they don’t have to.  This has rendered the NFA act of 1934 basically useless.  The ONLY thing is does, is create an onerous hurdle for law abiding citizens.  So, it’s time for it to go. Let’s go ahead and get rid of the machine gun ban from the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 also.  Seeing as how if you are a criminal, it doesn’t matter if you follow this or not, because of Haynes vs. the U.S.

And you wonder why gun owners complain that the criminals have more rights than the law abiding. It turns out, they do.

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2 Responses to Is it time for the National Firearms Act of 1934 to go?

  1. Richard M Nixon (Deceased) says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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