Review: 1934 National Firearms Act,
Original Bill and Hearings

By Dean Weingarten. February 5th, 2017

This ebook is the entirety of the National Firearms Act and Hearings, in a digitized 166 pages, from the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, starting on Monday, 16 April, 1934. It is available from Google at no charge as an ebook.

The Hearings of the National Firearms Act of 1934 provide an immensely valuable resource in understanding the intentions of the law. It provides a good look at how the intricacies and provisions of the first really significant Federal Firearms law concerning individuals, came to be.

The book is the official record of the hearings in the House Ways and Means Committee and of testimony given in two periods. First April 16 to 18, 1934, then from May 14 to May 16, 1934.

The most important thing to be noted is that the law was first concerned with the effective registration and regulation of civilian ownership of pistols and revolvers. Machine guns, sawed off shotguns, and gun mufflers/silencers were of relatively less concern, in that order.

There was near unanimous belief that machine guns could be taxed so as to make them virtually unavailable to the common man. .......

(Download this 1934 NFA document as a PDF file.)

Everyone pretty much knows about the 1934 NFA, but more than likely may never have seen the content. This usefully addresses that, and it is interesting to note that making a law a 'tax' conveniently circumvented the Second Amendment! To this day, 'tax' is the excuse.

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