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    National firearms registry??

    Never mind...
    Later in the chapter they define 'firearm' as a short-barreled whatever, a machine gun, a 'silencer'.
    Love how they can just change the definition at whim, to suit their purposes.
    Last edited by MKEgal; 12-05-2012 at 03:35 PM.

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    I thought it was illegal (in federal law) to have a national firearms registry.
    But here (a recent decision from the 7th Circuit) I see reference to a bit of the US Code saying that it's illegal to possess a firearm that's not registered to you in this registry. (Page 4.)

    It references 26 USC 5861 (d) which says:
    It shall be unlawful for any person -
    (d) to receive or possess a firearm which is not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

    This would seem to make it illegal to loan a firearm, or rent one, and private sales suddenly aren't private.

    Can anyone find the federal law that says it's illegal to have such a registry?
    And does that newer law supercede this apparently older one?
    So why could someone still be charged with having an unregistered firearm??
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    Re: National firearms registry??

    Weapons registered in the NFRTR are NFA items and require a tax stamp($200). The restricted value allows them to be registered per the National Firearms Act 193(4?).

    I know which code you are talking but don't have my notes to cite it.

    Edited for spelling.

    Eta: I believe it is in FOPA, along the lines of "no firearm in this act is allowed to be registered" NFA items don't fall under FOPA. I believe machine gun registration(also nfa) is approved in FOPA as well. Still no cite.
    Last edited by SPOProds; 12-05-2012 at 03:35 PM.

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    The cite is 18USC926

    No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the
    enactment of the Firearms Owners' Protection Act may require that
    records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion
    of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a
    facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any
    State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of
    registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions
    or dispositions be established. Nothing in this section expands or
    restricts the Secretary's (!1) authority to inquire into the
    disposition of any firearm in the course of a criminal

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