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Historical references for the NFA?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Telperion, Aug 1, 2004.

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  1. Telperion

    Telperion Member

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    Folks, I'm looking for some scholarly references on the 1934 NFA. I'm interested in who participated in drafting it, how they decided on what to tax, the arguments for and against, crime statistics for the taxed items, roll call votes, and so on. Websites are ok, but I'm really looking for books and articles that cover the subject. This is for a freelance research project. :)
     
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    Can't give you any references, but do know that the push came from the conservative end of the spectrum in reaction to the lawlessness of the times and the use of FA arms by some of the notorious gangsters of the time.

    Have a vague recollection that the original "Scarface" movie of that era had some editorializing about the need for control of full auto guns.
     
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    I read recently parts of the congressional transcripts of the hearings. President of the NRA was a big advocate.

    I doubt if you will find it on the NRA website. Check keepandbeararms.com

    I did an archive search on that site using "nfa 34 nra testimony" as search words. Came up with 4 hits. Perhaps duplicate, who knows.

    Good luck

    edited to add a link to nra's president's entire testimony.

    thus........http://keepandbeararms.com/NRA/nfa.asp

    There you have it.

    edited again because I keep goin goff half cocked. the link above claims to contain;

    HEARINGS
    BEFORE THE
    COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    SEVENTY-THIRD CONGRESS
    SECOND SESSION
    on
    H.R. 9066
    __________
    APRIL 16, 18, AND MAY 14, 15, AND 16, 1934

    I think it is the transcript of the entire hearings.
     
  4. Publicola

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    This piece by David T Hardy deals primarily with the Firearms Owners Protection Act, but it does make some mention (especially in the annotations) of the NFA. It's long but might prove useful.
     
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