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Representative Madison Cawthorn has put forward a new piece of legislation that would simply repeal the NFA and parts of the tax code concerning the NFA.

The relatively simple legislation plainly states in its only section, ” SECTION 1. REPEAL OF NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT. ”


Don’t believe me? Here, you can read the entire bill below.

Representative Madison Cawthorn is on his way out after losing his primary election, so I guess he figures he might as well throw a hail marry like this.

No way is this piece of legislation passing. It is way too bold. But that doesn’t mean that this is a bad idea.

The NFA is a law that regulates several aspects of firearms (such as barrel length), suppressors, and automatic firearms.

The NRA broke down the NFA brilliantly here.

The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) requires the registration, with the federal government, of fully-automatic firearms (termed “machineguns”), rifles and shotguns that have an overall length under 26 inches, rifles with a barrel under 16 inches, shotguns with a barrel under 18 inches, and firearm sound suppressors (termed “silencers”). The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) placed “destructive devices” (primarily explosives and the like, but also including firearms over .50 caliber, other than most shotguns) under the provisions of the NFA. In 1994, the Treasury Department placed revolving-cylinder shotguns and one semi-automatic shotgun under the NFA.

The GCA prohibited the importation of fully-automatic firearms for private purposes and a 1986 amendment to the Act prohibited the domestic manufacture of fully-automatics for private purposes. However, short-barreled rifles and shotguns have becoming increasingly popular for home defense and defensive-skills-based marksmanship training and competitions, and sound suppressors have become increasingly popular for marksmanship training and competitions, and for hunting.

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