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National Firearms Act (NFA)
Answers to some common questions related to what is the Nation Firearms Act (NFA) including the definition, clarification and application of the Act, as well as which form(s) to use in order to apply for a tax stamp.
May a licensed collector obtain NFA firearms in interstate commerce?
May a transferor submit an application to transfer an NFA firearm prior to the date on which the transferor receives the weapon?
May machine guns be transferred from one registered owner to another?
What should a state do when an unregistered NFA firearm is acquired through forfeiture or abandonment?
What is the status of unloaded or dummy grenades, artillery shell casings, and similar devices?
What is the tax on making an NFA firearm?
What should I do if I come into possession of an unregistered NFA firearm?
When must firearms special (occupational) taxes be paid and how much are the taxes?
If I have any further questions as to the classification of a paintball or airgun silencer, who should I contact?
Does the possessor of an NFA firearm have to show proof of registration?