Myth Busters – Common Misconceptions About the National Firearms Act
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The National Firearms Act (NFA), 26 U.S.C. Ch. 53, imposes strict registration and tax controls on specific types of firearms, including machineguns, short barrel shotguns, short barrel rifles, silencers, destructive devices, and certain other firearms known as “any other weapons.” The controls range from registration requirements at the time of manufacture or import, advance government approval and payment of a $200 tax before transfer, and payment of a special (occupational) tax to qualify as a manufacturer, importer or dealer of NFA firearms.
In this first “Myth Busters” article, we address some of the more common misconceptions about the NFA. Be on the lookout for our other Myth Busters articles to be published over the summer.
MYTH #1 – SHORT BARREL RIFLES WITH REGISTERED DROP-IN SEARS MUST BE SEPARATELY REGISTERED
Contrary to this myth, ATF’s longstanding position is that a short barrel rifle (“SBR”) with an installed registered drop-in auto sears do not require separate registration under the NFA. This is because ATF classifies the combined SBR and drop-in sear as a machinegun. In order to be lawfully registered as a machinegun (rather than a registered SBR and registered sear), the drop-in …Read the Rest