House bill would redefine antique firearms

Posted May 7, 2014 by muzzlevelocity in Firearms

An untold number of firearms could be bought and sold free of government involvement if a bill recently drafted by Representative Bill Cassidy (R-LA) becomes law.

The bill, which can be read in its entirety HERE would change the definition of “antique firearm” from a firearm manufactured on or before 1898 to a firearm manufactured on or before 1913. Under current law, firearms manufactured prior to 1899 can be bought and sold across state lines without an FFL. Fully automatic firearms as well as shot barreled shotguns are not covered by the antique exemption and are regulated by the National Firearms Act.

Should Cassidy’s bill make it through the House, Senate, and past the President’s desk, an untold number of Mosins, Enfields, Springfields and a plethora of other firearms will become available as antiques.

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