With an increasing amount of ATF rulings and state laws taking effect in 2023 and these restrictions negatively impacting the right to bear arms, gun control measures are frequently a trending topic on social media. A prevalent, historic, and often debated gun regulation is the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA is an act of Congress and many Americans have questioned its constitutionality. In this write-up, you’ll learn what the NFA is, what the NFA does, and the movement to repeal the NFA.
Any weapon or device capable of being concealed on the person from which a shot can be discharged through the energy of an explosive, but does not meet the definition of a rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, or machine gun.
The NFA tax stamp is a $200 surcharge required by the ATF for weapons listed on the NFA registry. Commonly called a tax stamp, this additional cost is required when submitting an application to obtain an NFA item. When getting a tax stamp for an NFA item, a fee is paid to the US government and the applicant must also provide personal information to the ATF, in the form of an application. The most frequently filed ATF applications could be the eForm 1 or eForm 4 and these documents require your full name, address, date of birth, social security number, fingerprints, photo, and more. The application is then submitted to the ATF and when approved, an NFA tax stamp is issued, corresponding with the serial number of that NFA item.
Opposition and Attempt to Repeal the NFA
There’s been staunch opposition to the National Firearms Act and in July 2022, H.R.8399 was introduced in an attempt to repeal the NFA. Sponsored by Republicans Madison Cawthorn and Lauren Boebert, the “Repeal the NFA” bill aimed to strengthen the rights of American gun owners and (as the name implies) repeal the NFA. This legislation was the most recent, but not the first, attempt to repeal the NFA. Since its introduction in 1934, the NFA act has been deemed “government overreach“ and an attack on the second amendment. As of the time of this writing, these attempts have not been passed into legislation. The NFA continues to face strict opposition from politicians and coalitions such as the NRA-ILA, Gun Owners of America (GOA), and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC).
Thank you for the informative overview. And please don’t forget that the tax stamp for A.O.W.’s is $5 compared to $200 for the rest of the NFA items.