Pro-Gun Members of Congress Seek to Protect Veterans, Preserve Historical Guns

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Pro-Gun Members of Congress Seek to Protect Veterans, Preserve Historically Significant Firearms
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -( U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and U.S. Representative David P. Roe (R-TN) this week introduced bills to create a 180-day amnesty period for veterans or their family members to register historic war mementos that would be considered regulated firearms under the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Pending as S. 1435 and H.R. 3054, both of these bills would apply to items acquired overseas before October 31, 1968.  This legislation would allow for the lawful possession and transfer of historically significant armaments and protect veterans from potential criminal liability for purely technical violations of the law that do not endanger public safety.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas in combat zones have over the years brought home a variety of mementos from their deployments. In some cases, these have included captured firearms of the type that require registration and the payment of a special tax under the NFA. Such legal technicalities, however, were presumably not foremost on the minds of the brave young service persons who had survived the ordeal of war and simply wanted to resume their normal lives in America.

Over the years these firearms have sat harmlessly idle in untold numbers of attics, basements, and barns. For the veterans who owned them and their families, however, these relics represent potent reminders of freedom’s heavy cost.

The NFA normally requires firearms to be registered at their time of their manufacture or transfer. Private possession of unregistered firearms is illegal. Congress passed legislation in 1968 that granted a brief, limited amnesty period to register war trophies, but with the primitive means of communication available at the time, most veterans were unaware of that opportunity or learned too late to take advantage of it. This left very few options for lawful preservation of the affected firearms. Even relatives or heirs who discover these firearms and wish to dispossess themselves of them could face criminal prosecution for their possession.

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Thompson Machine Gun

These bills would allow veterans or their family members to come into full compliance with the law and ensure that these valuable and historically significant items were not lost to future generations. The bills also provide for various means of publicizing the amnesty period, including via the Internet. If the present owner of the firearm proved ineligible to possess it, the bills allow for its transfer to a qualifying museum during the five-year period after it is forfeited to the government.

NRA fully supports S. 1435 and H.R. 3054, and appreciates Sen. Cotton's and Rep. Roe’s leadership in this important effort.

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  • 13 thoughts on “Pro-Gun Members of Congress Seek to Protect Veterans, Preserve Historical Guns

    1. Get them to repeal/abalish the 68 gun control act, and abolish the NFA in it’s entirety, would achieve the same end, and would be a solid second amendment move. Going on offense instead of a never ending defense would be a excellent move. They need to stop punising law abiding citizens. This includes stepping all over the second amendment.

      Why do half meashers when there’s a lot better answer to fix the problem.

    2. The congress should have long since awakened and shouldered it’s constitutional responsibilities. That it hasn’t is more than sad.

    3. The Clinton era Hughes amendment MUST be dust-binned -re-open – the machine gun registry so that new items can be legally possessed once added to the NFA rolls – just like before slick-Willie wrecked the prevailing circumstance.
      Just a baby step toward repealing the unconstitutional NFA & GCA ….

        1. The person didn’t say do away with the normal registry. Just the repealing nfa/gca, which has way too many restraints on citizens that obey most laws and are legal citizens. Tax stamps and the like. Breaking it down to constitutionality. NFA / GCA is a complete violation of the 2nd amendment. There is no wording in the 2nd amendment, that says after the arm or arms are( registered, taxed, limited in use, scope, size, ect. or number of rounds, limitation of ability or feeding, and so on) I am sure by now you get my drift.
          As a old, boy scout, soldier, police officer, Marine, correctional officer, detention officer, and still trying to figure out whatt I want to be when I grow up, but right now, executive protection/site security. I do agree with the filling out of the forms at gun store/walmart and so on. That is so charges can be made for straw purchase if found. Buying, furnishing any type weapon to a convicted convict, illegal alien( green or other) should be treason in my opion, and punishment to max of that crime.
          But there is no reason, legal citizens that abides by the laws should be restrained in the purchase of any fire arm. If they misuse that firearm, there are laws already against that. A judge and jury with balls or back bone can pass sentence and punishment already prescribed by law. If the citizen harms or kills themselves, that is natural selection, we as a society have taken natural selection for the most part out of the equation, and have been paying the price,( antifa, blm, and so on.). Our founding Fathers knew what best to be restricted that is Government, I would add lawyers and cap on settlement pay outs, even jail time for frivolous lawsuits with double monies sought, ( spill hot coffee on yourself and sue? Really!, convicts wanting porn and gay magazines in prison and jail? Really! And so on. So anyway limit gov. and allow citizens to enjoy the natural (God given) rights our forefathers wrote of and insured in the constitution.
          Semper Fi!
          May God bless our Country.
          No more communist, muslim people occupying the office of President, like the not so great obummer(hussain), no more clinton types and so on.

      1. Have you been in touch with your elected reps, house and senate, whomever they are? You haven’t been, why the devil not?

    4. Let’s just repeal the unconstitutional NFA, FFA, and GCA. Then no one would have to face criminal charges for possessing what is, after all, protected by the 2A to begin with.

        1. @Sueme, It is because there is nothing that you or I can do about it. After we elect ’em, we can’t fire ’em. Term limits on Congress, S. Ct. and even bureaucrats. Recall for Congress, S. Ct, and even bureaucrats.

          1. I say 2 and your thru. Get the old lazy lard butts ,
            out leaving room for fresh blood and fresh Ideas .
            Right now it’s like having old chickens that lay dust eggs .
            No substance like farts in the wind (no trace)

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