Bill Would Remove NFA Restrictions on SBRs
By Chris Eger
“The firearms addressed in this bill are commonly used for hunting, personal defense, and competitive shooting,” said the bill’s sponsor. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Legislation announced Tuesday would remove short-barreled rifles (SBRs) from regulation under the National Firearm Act (NFA) and treat them like regular firearms.
The bill, entitled the “Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act,” was introduced to the U.S. House this week by Rep. Roger Marshall. The Kansas Republican argues that SBRs have been overregulated since 1934 and that needs to change.
“Opponents of the Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act want to use bureaucracy and regulations to obstruct citizens attempting to exercise their God-given right to keep and bear arms,” said Marshall in a statement issued by his office. “The firearms addressed in this bill are commonly used for hunting, personal defense, and competitive shooting.”
Under current law, as regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, SBRs are classified as a rifle with an overall length of fewer than 26 inches and/or a barrel of fewer than 16 inches in length. Marshall’s bill would remove such limits from NFA enforcement, regulating SBRs in the future under the same rules as other rifles.
According to statistics from the ATF, some 413,167