By: Cory Trapp, Rangemaster, Gunsite Academy
The National Firearms Act of 1936 and Gun Control Act of 1968 set out the definitions, rules and procedures for dealing with firearms other than Title 1 conventional rifles, shotguns and handguns.
title II covers machine guns, short barreled shotguns and rifles, silencers, destructive devices and a catchall category called “Any Other Weapon” (pen guns, smooth bore pistols, disguised firearms and other oddballs). When the NFA was originally conceived, the legislators understood that they could not simply ban given categories of weapons, so they came up with the idea of a registration and tax which they believed would be constitutionally acceptable and achieve the same end.
As a Consequence, the majority of shooters have little if any chance to familiarize themselves with a variety of these items. One might also note that usage of NFA firearms in both crimes and personal defense is very limited.
The Automatic Weapons class at Gunsite provides individuals a unique opportunity to get live fire experience with more than 25 different automatic firearms.
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