FOR more than 80 years, the United States has enforced a tough and effective gun control law that most Americans have never heard of. It’s a 1934 measure called the National Firearms Act, and it stands as a stark rebuke to the most sacred precepts of the gun lobby and provides a model we should build on.
Leaders of the National Rifle Association rarely talk about the firearms act, and that’s probably because it imposes precisely the kinds of practical — and constitutional — limits on gun ownership, such as registration and background checks, that the N.R.A. regularly insists will lead to the demise of the Second Amendment.
No doubt NFA covers most if not all the goodies the Opposition wants. O course the author has no idea about how many unregistered machine guns, dating back to WWI are out there or that the greatest abuses of power by the ATF during the 90s were targeted against those with registered NFA weapons or “suspected” to be violating NFA rules and ended up with the BBQ over at the Branch Davidians in Waco.
N.F.A.-classified weapons do show up at crime scenes. But nearly all of them were unregistered, so the simple act of possession was a crime.
It seems that the author’s cognitive dissonance kicked to high gear: NFA rules are the solution to the Gun Crime yet crimes under NFA rules still happen. Unregistered guns also have laws such as possession of any firearm by a felon, yet is still being broken. So is homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, etc.
And do not get me started with the NFA records itself with missing or destroyed entries making it unreliable at best.
I am sure there are plenty more reason to avoid NFA Rules and the readers with experience in this matters are invited to illustrate us in thge comments.