A new gun rights group has emerged with the single minded task of taking on the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA Freedom Alliance (NFAFA) has the stated mission of:
"The NFAFA is the strongest direct action/lobbying organization working at the state and federal level to ease restrictions on the ownership, manufacture, sale, and use of items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA)."
Organized and directed by Arizona based lobbyist and long-time NRA board member Todd Rathner, the group's initial effort involved a stopping the "41P Plan" currently proposed by the ATF. Accoring to the groups website,
The Department of Justice is planning to finalize a proposed rule to amend the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regarding the making or transferring of a firearm under the National Firearms Act. As proposed, the rule would:
- add a definition for the term "responsible person"
- require each responsible person of a corporation, trust or legal entity to complete a specified form, and to submit photographs and fingerprints
- modify the requirements regarding the certificate of the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO)
To read the full 16-page 41P proposal,click here:
Most of the 41P options currently under consideration would RE-insert local CLEOs into the NFA approval process. Currently, there are CLEOs throughout the country who will not even consider certifying such forms; however, gun owners living in these jurisdictions have the option of creating trusts, LLCs, or other legal entities, in order to avoid having their forms disapproved by a CLEO who is either personally or politically opposed to the ownership of NFA items. If 41P is implemented, that option for bypassing the CLEO sign-off requirement will disappear.
Under 41P, many U.S. citizens who are currently able to purchase NFA items will have that right denied by biased, often politically motivated CLEOs. Even in jurisdictions where CLEOs do not automatically deny all NFA applications, the requirement that all NFA applications go through a CLEO will result in long delays – much longer than the months of delays that are already the norm – in the process of acquiring an NFA tax stamp.
Other goals of the group include:
- Introduce and enact "Shall Certify" legislation in the remaining 43 states, where it is not yet law.
- Identify states where NFA items are illegal and "defense to prosecution" (DTP) is the only protection for NFA owners.
- Work to repeal and replace "DTP" with statutes that affirmatively protect ownership of NFA weapons.
- Identify states that do not allow hunting with suppressors and enact legislation to allow such activities.
- Remove state-level prohibitions against the possession of NFA items.
A new gun rights group, chaired by a well known gun rights advocate, that's willing to push for removal of many ridiculous NFA restrictions? Count me in!
Check them out here: https://secure.nfafa.org/index.cfm