Importation & Verification of Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War
National Firearms Act Definitions
For the purposes of the National Firearms Act, the term “Destructive Device” means:
- A missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than 1/4 oz.
- Any type of weapon by whatever name known which will, or which may readily be converted to expel a projectile, by the action of an explosive or other propellant, the barrel or barrels of which have a bore greater than one-half inch in diameter.
- A combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a device into a destructive device and from which a destructive device can be readily assembled.
- A shotgun or shotgun shell which is determined by the Attorney General to be generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes.
- a device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon,
- a device which is designed or redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line-throwing, safety, or similar device,
- surplus ordnance sold, loaded, or given by the Secretary of the Army pursuant to law such as antique, obsolete bronze or iron cannon,
- a device which the Attorney General determines is not likely to be used as a weapon.
- An antique firearm, or
- a rifle which the owner intended to use solely for sporting purposes.