Guess I'll be the first. I'm trying to assist a town resident. He has come upon a woman whos husband was a WWII vet. According to her, he brought back from his service some dewatt (correct term?) German military firearms, that were legally deactivated by welding. Also, according to her, he had the proper permits for such souvenirs. The three devices in question are (please understand that I havent seen them) a MG-44 (the first assault rifle), and from what I was told two MP-40s (Erma Werk??)? Again, these are non-weapons in the state of MA as if they are as described they are permanently inoperable. I called the Boston ATF and the agent there was helpful. The agent explained that although the three items were not operable, they might well be under the legal controls of the NFA laws. He explained that if he was sent the three firearms serial numbers hed try and track down whether they were permitted or not. So, I asked the town citizen to get me that information so that I might pass it on to the ATF agent. Ive been waiting on a response from the citizen, who tells me he is waiting on the woman who has these devices in her possession. She and her son are looking for the paperwork. I suspect that she will have a heck of a time finding documents to these three guns that came into the family seventy years ago. And I am suspect of the completeness of the records in regard these historically significant items. I understand one can petition the ATF for some sort of a waiver from the registration requirements for such items. Is this correct and, if so, how would one go about doing that? Thanks.