It's Sad to See How Uninformed Most Gun Owners Are
I'm on a car forum where we've been discussing gun issues. Most of the gun owners have no idea what making "assault" weapons and hi-cap mags NFA items would do. They think getting a "Class III permit" or "FFL" to own them is no big deal. Here's what I answered:
It's not a Class III permit or FFL. There is no Class III permit, and an FFL refers to a dealer, importer or manufacturer. To own a Class III National Firearms Act (NFA) item you apply for transfer of ownership of said item from an NFA-approved FFL (not many of them around) to you or your corporation. You pay for a $200 tax stamp. The piece of paper you get is a transfer form, that's all. It's only a background check and registration. It takes many months - could be nine - to process the paperwork. HERE'S THE PROBLEM - either you form a corporation where the corporation owns the NFA item(s), or you need to get the approval of your county or city chief LEO (police chief, sheriff, whatever). Even in the most gun-friendly areas few will sign your form. You can be the most upstanding person in the world but few elected or appointed officials will take any chances on their reelection prospects.
Can you just imagine what would happen if this was enacted? ALL presently owned "assault weapons or items" are now subject to NFA rules. There's no such thing as grandfathering in the law. In fact, the way it's now written, ANY machine gun made after 1986 Can NEVER be owned by other than the military or a LE agency.
Is that what you want - the government hiring thousands of agents just to process applications? It will take years for approval, and you'll need to give up your weapons to a Class III FFL dealer until approved. Where will they keep them? How much will they charge you for storage? This is a GUN GRAB, pure and simple. If you study the regulations and the laws you'll see what I'm talking about. FYI - I used to have a collector's FFL so I needed to know the rules.
Last edited by The Fed; 01-19-2013 at 06:45..