It means they only partial know what they are talking about.I have been reading up on NFA ownership because I want to purchase a HK USC and have it converted to a UMP. I read that the "NFA registry is closed" and am not sure what that means. Can anyone enlighten me? My google-fu is weak at the moment.
Dude, don't forget to pass it to the *left*...So what we need is a politician to add an amendment to a Bill (law) removing the Hughes amendment. I'm a forum newb, haven't been following these laws for years, never understood them either way, but what all these similar threads tell me is what everyone knows to be true; the whole system needs to be ditched and started over from a clean sheet of paper. Make everything legal again (at least pre-1986), manufacturers could make new MG's, remove the paperwork requirement when moving or traveling with your own property which you already paid the tax for, and automate the whole process. It could all be done online, give them a credit card, the serial number, your SS#, they do an automatic NICS background check, you get a certified receipt online, download and print it out for your records, done. Too simple, maybe. More Constitutional, fair, and less likely to be fiddled with by appointed bureaucrats, definitely. Buyers, owners, collectors, manufacturers, FFL's, even ATF is/are confused, because the whole system is a mess. Rant over.
I don't mean to offend anyone here that is pro gun, but my opinion is to fight the fights we can win, not take on the fights that are most politically correct. My understanding is the votes to include the Hughs Amendment were not actually there to add the amendment to the Firearm Protection Act. But the anti gun Congressmen overseeing the vote put down that there was enough votes. If the Hughs Amendment was improperly added, as with any improperly added amendment, then it should be stricken from that legislation. No Hughs Amendment, my HK sear goes from a market value of $12,000-$13,000 to a couple of hundred dollars. I'd gladly do it if I could file Form 1s to make all my host guns machineguns.Baby steps, my friends. Baby steps.
As it is now, there are people who can't even own the firearms that are allowed. When some people in this country aren't even allowed to own a semi-auto, we have to fix that before we try for FA guns. While I would like a sweeping change that gives us everything back, the only way change sweeps in this modern world is the other direction. Let's not ask for too big of a change at once, OK?
It's not just about sears but the availability of all new guns and new designs not available before the cutoff. FOPA is largely ignored in anti-2nd amendment locales so we basically lost the right to weapons in common use for a protection that disappears at certain state lines. The problem here is that congress has over stepped constitutional authority many times over the last few decades so getting politicians to realize the Hughes amendment violates the constitution because it is a ban that invalidated a tax measure (the only reason the NFA passed in the first place was because congress had authority to tax but not ban) is going to be difficult. It all comes down to the great ill slowly destroying the country... Big government. Make no mistake. The Hughes amendment is illegal and so was the 1994 ban and so is the 89 import ban, but who's going to make the government accept only the limited powers granted by the constitution and allow the states the rest?If there had been educated debate over the hughs amendment I wouldn't mind so much. It is the way the bill passed that pisses me off. If someone with very deep pockets and political ties tried to challenge the law as a violation of constitution. It might maybe somehow get overturned. But who would even want to try. I wouldn't. It is cheaper to just pay 13k for a tiny h shaped metal stamping or whatever else.
I'm pretty sure dangling tantalizing information is also unconstitutional but it's good to hear this and I'm sure hoping these issues are overturned. I think a lot of folks think someone needs to be arrested to challenge this but all you need is a person of good moral character being denied a form 1 or form 4 for a machine gun and then the inevitable lawsuit when he or she is denied. The problem then lies in funding for the lawyers and courts with strict constructionist interpretation agreeing to hear the case. More SCOTUS appointments of liberal judges unopposed by idiot republicans can destroy all the wins so far. Funny though that normally the senate respects the president enough to hold a vote on his nominations but that deference ended with liberals like chuck schumer demanding litmus tests for possible conservative justices nominated by George W Bush. Obama's two hardcore liberals got a nice wave and pass on gun control history even after lying about it during questioning. Let's hope we keep winning but I fear the worst.And I can assure you that there are several efforts underway to challenge several of these issues on Constitutional grounds...