Bill would expand antique firearms definitions nationwide
By Chris Eger
The move would free up most World War I-era rifles, trench guns and pistols from the ATF’s purview, and roll forward every year. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A Senate measure would change the federal definition of an antique firearm from one made before 1899 to one that is 100 years old.
Introduced earlier this month as S.1541, the move would dramatically increase the number of older guns that are available to collectors that could be sold and shipped without a Federal Firearms License.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives generally does not regulate antique guns as defined under federal law as one made in or before 1898 that is not otherwise controlled by National Firearms Act. This means current “pre-1899” guns enjoy a premium with collectors over firearms of the same model made after the cutoff that can be transferred and shipped across state lines without an FFL due to their exemption.
Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., the text of S.1541 would strike the 1898 language, established in 1968, and replace it with “the calendar year that is 100 years before the calendar year in which such determination is being made.”
This would mean that, if implemented in 2018, non-NFA controlled guns