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The Truth About NFA Weapons (And Whether They’re Worth All The Bureaucratic Trouble)

The Truth About NFA Weapons (And Whether They’re Worth The Trouble)

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I’ve often heard it asked, “What’s the point in owning a ‘silencer’ if you’re not a criminal?” My tongue-in-cheek answer to this question is usually something along the lines of, “Because they’re just plain cool, and zombies have good hearing.”

So there.

Quite frankly, the choice to own an NFA item is one of personal enjoyment and novelty. And because shorty AR-15s tend to leave everyone’s ears ringing — even despite wearing adequate hearing protection — threading on a suppressor really does make for a more enjoyable time at the range. With that being said, I’ve also encountered another question, which I consider to be more valid …

“Is it even worth the time, money, and ridiculous bureaucracy to purchase an NFA item?”

What Items Are We Talking About?

Well, first off, I am NOT an attorney, but I have spent lots of time behind the sales counter in a class III gun shop. According to my knowledge and experience, let’s look at the facts. To begin, what makes the list as an NFA item?

  • Automatic weapons
  • Suppressors
  • Short-barrel rifles (SBR)
  • Short-barrel shotguns (SBS)
  • Any other weapons (AOW) … such as umbrella guns … and other things you might find in a 1970s-era James Bond movie.

Oh, and then there’s “destructive devices,” like anti-tank missiles, grenades, and Iron Man suits.

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(Congress has yet to conclude if mini-arch reactors fall under this category — but there’s always an executive order for that.)

Considerations: Why NFA Certainly Does Have Its Societal Benefit

Now I will say this, the rule of law is in place so that crazies can’t get away with their craziness (i.e.: the reason why civilians can’t own a Javelin missile system). In a sense, yes, this NFA stuff can get downright tiresome; however, I can’t say that I disagree with certain items like full-auto machine guns, being more of a challenge to acquire. Honestly, I like it that law enforcement should know who’s got such potent weapons of war. Let’s face it, the North Hollywood shootout is reminder that bad guys exist, and that an unregistered full-auto battle rifle can turn a peaceful community into a combat zone in a single squeeze of a trigger.

Besides, full-auto machine guns aren’t exactly good for accuracy. They’re meant to pin down enemy troops, so that your battle buddies can out-maneuver and take them with their selector switches on semi-auto or 3-round burst.

The US military’s top brass realized that during Vietnam.

Let’s Put Things In Perspective…

When the National Firearms Act (NFA) was passed in 1934, the requirement for purchasing a class III item was a tax stamp of $200. Of course, that does add a considerable burden to an already expensive Yankee Hill suppressor, but it’s interesting that the cost of this tax stamp has never gone up since NFA was enacted.

In 2015, $200 is fairly hefty, but not totally cost prohibitive. However, when adjusted for inflation, the cost of that tax stamp in 1934 would have felt like $3,560. So, all things considered, I would say that inflation is actually working in our favor on this one.

If anything, the real cost comes in the form of the hoops of paperwork that we’ll have to jump through and the annoyingly long wait to finally bring home the NFA item that we so desire.

Here, Have Some Bureaucracy

If there were a tax-stamping headache, it would be the result of how many forms it takes to gain the approval of our nanny, Uncle Sam.

And not only that, but we also have to endure the excruciating wait for BATFE officials to make up their mind on the matter. Just how long is this wait? Well, here’s a website that actually lists these transactions, showing how long it’s been recently taking: NFATracker.com. With that being said, you’ll usually wait anywhere from 90 days to 11 months. The average is about 5-7 months. In addition, you’ll have to complete the following forms, background checks, and required homework:

  • ATF Form 4
  • Form 5330.20
  • Recent passport-style photo
  • Fingerprint card
  • Chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) signature on your Form 4

If anything, often the most unpredictable part is getting that CLEO signature, since some NFA-purchasing folks have often run into officers who have some strange disagreement with the Second Amendment. However, one “no” from your local police chief doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good old fashioned John Hancock from your town’s municipal judge.

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On the other hand, you can also purchase an NFA item through a gun trust. This will save you a boatload of headaches, since you won’t have to get a signature and send in photos or fingerprints. It also provides ample protection for things like gun transfers. The only drawback is that you’d have to hire an attorney, which could get quite a bit more costly than just going through the tax stamping process as an individual (including the $200 tax stamp).

Nevertheless, as with a gun trust, you do get what you pay for.

The Blacklist

It’s been said that if you decide to purchase an NFA item and go through with the tax-stamping process, then you essentially wave your Fourth Amendment liberties (searches and seizure protection under the Constitution).

Let us clear the air: you CANNOT lose your Fourth Amendment liberties from purchasing an NFA firearm or accessory! I’m not even the only one shouting from the rooftops on this issue either. Actually, the gurus from The Truth About Guns agree with me on this:

This is completely false! These are unfounded rumors. The BATFE cannot and will not show up at your home to inspect your NFA items. Ever. At least not without a warrant, and they … sure cannot enter your property without a warrant. No, owning NFA-regulated firearms is not any sort of reason for any sort of judge to issue a warrant, either. End of story. You absolutely do not waive your 4th Amendment rights in whole or in part by owning NFA items.

However, what the government CAN do is make the arrival of your NFA approval feel like you’re a four-year-old being tortured by the fact that Christmas is more than five months away.

People, Please Be Smart (and Not Federally Convicted)

Oh and by the way …

If you construct a firearm or suppressor, making it fall under the NFA’s criteria, and also have no intentions in following the law by registering said item through a Class III dealer, then you could be facing a decade in federal prison if you’re caught doing so.

So, ladies and gentleman, please be smart and follow the law. Don’t find yourself in an orange jumpsuit for 10 years, just because you didn’t feel like waiting 10 months. Quite frankly, such a mistake should probably register as an immediately tragic lifelong regret in my book, especially for the fact that there are LEGAL aftermarket products, which don’t require any NFA tax-stamping nanny paperwork and seven months in their gun-loving timeout corner. Take the Slide Fire, for example.

What do you think? Is an NFA weapon worth the trouble to acquire it?

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7 comments

  1. What I get from this article is that the author does NOT support or believe in the US Constitution.

    I do. 100%.

    I am hoping this is due to ignorance due to “dumbed down” education, propaganda, brainwashing, subliminals that most people get hit with on an hourly basis.

    Some constitutional education.

    Preamble to the US Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    Notice that it does NOT say that it is “We that serve within the executive branch…”, “We that serve within the legislative branch…”, “We that serve within the judicial branch…”, nor does it say “We that serve within state governments…”. It plainly says that “We the People of the United States are responsible for establishing Justice, insuring domestic Tranquility, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENCE, promoting the general Welfare, and SECURING THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY”; no one else.

    Since we are really talking about the Second Amendment dealing with the people and owning weapons I capitalized a portion of the Preamble that deals with us providing the common defense be it ourselves and our families, our homes, our cities, our counties, our states, and if needed, our nation.

    You might say that we have a permanent military, and though they are unlawful and extremely expensive to keep up (one of the reasons they are forbidden); they are also dangerous to the American people because 100% historically they are used against the people themselves. Already has been happening in the USA, look at Boston, etc… those may have called themselves by another name, but in reality, they are a standing military using military equipment on US streets after 1 (ONE) possibly armed person of interest in a crime. BTW, it was a CITIZEN who found him, not the mobilized mass of military armed units that roamed Boston and ripped every ones Constitutional PROTECTIONS against such things to pieces.

    A “standing” (permanent) military is forbidden to those that serve within our government except to the states in certain specified instances. Those that serve within our governments are REQUIRED to use the Militia of the several states (cannot be a military unit such as a “national guard). That was so that they could NOT be used against us as “We the People” are the Militia and are required to be trained as the US military is required by congress to be trained.

    Then we have governmental professional law enforcement – state and general (federal) – that is also forbidden to be created by those that serve within our governments so that they could never be used against us.

    Constitution of the United States of America, Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Notice that this is the only place within the US Constitution that the word “necessary” is used. That it is used in conjunction with “the security of a free State” because it is the one thing the people can count on NOT to be used against them to either grab more power, establish a different type of government where the people are no longer free, etc, being the TRAINED source of arms and defense themselves for themselves up to and including their nation. Because they are to be trained as the US Military is trained on the same weapons IF an military is needed it is drawn from the Militia, while that is being formed the Militias would defend the nation.

    What good is a Militia?

    We would not be spending upwards of TRILLIONS a year supporting a standing army that is being used by the UN (remember, our US Military was given to the UN to use by Obama, Panetta, and Dempsey in an act of Treason against the American people, the USA, and admitted before a congressional hearing in which none of those present ordered their immediate arrest – also Treason).
    Nor would we be be invading other nations in wars of aggression.
    We would not have had a Boston, etc.
    Nor would we have all the unlawful acts being committed today against the people by law enforcement, and by the “legal” community.
    The UN would NOT have had their military on US soil during US Elections to see that they ran “properly”,
    etc.
    Locally there would be much less break ins to people houses (not done by LE’s) as knowing that within each house is a person armed and properly TRAINED is located within that home.
    Our state borders would be protected from invasions.
    There would be no unlawful civil forfeiture.
    There would be no Federal Reserve.
    The dollar would be backed by gold and silver.
    There would be no Agenda 21.
    There would be no searches at airports, bus stations train stations, on our roads, games, schools, etc.
    Our representatives would KEEP their Oaths.
    No Election Fraud.
    Basically the US Constitution and each state Constitution would be followed.
    Etc.

    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers 28: “The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; [when called into actual service] a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.”

    John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States: “To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.”

    George Washington: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

    James Madison said that war “has the tendency to render the head too large for the body.” Madison concluded, “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.

    Thomas Jefferson: “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse to rest on inference.”

    James Madison, the Father of the US Constitution warned: “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare”.

    Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, floor debate over the 2nd Amendment, I Annals of Congress: “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to PREVENT THE ESTABLISMENT OF A STANDING ARMY, the bane of liberty….”

    US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.”

    This clause is very straightforward. The militia of each state is entrusted with the defense of the USA and her people, not just with the defense of their state; and they are to be armed with weapons that can repel any invasions bearing modern weapons of war. Congress is required to provide those military grade weapons for the militias in Clause 16.

    Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

    Each state’s Militia is made up of “We the People” protecting our own interests, homes, states, nation, and enforcing our governments. The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:

    — Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

    The US Constitution guarantees to each state its own “Republican form of government”. It is every state’s Militia that is the ONLY Constitutionally assigned force to “counter Invasions” and “Domestic Violence” within our nation.

    The Preamble to the Bill of Rights makes it clear that those amendments are either forbidding those who serve within our government or LIMITING them from actions not done in a specific way.

    Preamble to the Bill of Rights: “Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
    THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution. …”

    Some somewhat more modern things to consider;

    That the militia when employed in the service of the United States, shall receive the same pay and allowances, as the troops of the United States when called into service; and when employed by the state should receive the same pay and allowances as the state “troops”.

    Justice Sandra Day O’Connor put it this way: “The Constitution does not protect the sovereignty of States for the benefit of the States or state governments as abstract political entities, or even for the benefit of the public officials governing the States. To the contrary, the Constitution divides authority between federal and state governments for the protection of individuals. State sovereignty is not just an end in itself: “Rather, federalism secures to citizens the liberties that derive from the diffusion of sovereign power.”

    Mack and Printz v. United States: “The Framers rejected the concept of a central government that would act upon and through the States, and instead designed a system in which the State and Federal Governments would exercise concurrent authority over the people. The Federal Government’s power would be augmented immeasurably and impermissibly if it were able to impress into its service – and at no cost to itself – the police officers of the 50 States… Federal control of state officers would also have an effect upon the separation and equilibration of powers between the three branches of the Federal Government itself.”

    Zedong said: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Which is true. When the weapons are in the hands of the people; trained and armed, then those who serve within our governments do not commit Treason or be domestic enemies of the American people. They represent them NOT because they are forced to, but because if they do not KEEP THE OATH, they are held legally accountable and prosecuted unlike today when they are held “above the law”.

    • i applaud your knowledge of the constitution and relating documents, but let’s not forget that the founding fathers still gave us a government, and no amount of checks and balances will ever stop it from growing. i believe that they had some things right, but also had some things wrong. the government they came up with was a compromise of conflicting view points of everyone involved- federalists and anti-federalists. my thoughts are that the only form of government we need is Gods law. what does God have to say about mans law in the bible anyways. to paraphrase, he basically laughs at the idea and says it will never be perfect because it is of mortal man, who is obviously not perfect. created in Gods image yes, but not perfect.
      sincerely
      christian anarchist

    • the founding fathers and all predecessors were hypocrites too. “all men are created equal… with certain unalienable rights… life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” but not blacks, they’re below us. and not these native americans we incorrectly call indians. they’re scum of the earth and we want their land. and the general american public needs more safety than liberty, so let’s take guns from them so they can’t shoot each other. while we’re at it, let’s kill unborn babies because they aren’t born YET and have no say in the matter. and we’ll also let them think they’re voting for us and say that “this is what you wanted”, when in reality we are SELECTED with a goal of one world order ingrained in us at tyrant training and when we achieve this, nobody will be happy except us and our banker friends. obummer

    • House cleaning in long overdue. All politicians above the county level should commit Sepuku.

  2. Reason to own a silencer is when you kill an intruder you don’t have to alert neighbors, you can
    then dispose and burn the body somewhere and never have to put your life in the hands of police and the courts. That is that, end of story. No other reason.

  3. “Christian anarchist”

    The most stupid irrational contradictory name I have ever seen in the history of the world.
    Ever read the 10 commandments you embodiment of irony?

  4. The above ranting in both the article and comments sections, leaves me now completely convinced that many citizens of the USA are completely insane rabid idealogues who are themselves the greatest threat to freedom, harmony and humanity. Thanks for clearing that up for me. Merry Christmas

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