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Lead up to the passing of the NFA

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Gato Montés, Feb 2, 2013.

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  1. Gato Montés

    Gato Montés Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Fair enough, but I contest that anyone forced to break the law to feed their family is a) in a spot where the purchase of such an item, no matter how inexpensive, is unrealistic, not to mention the threading of barrels and a continual flow of ammunition, and b) is going to break the law without a suppressor anyway as law enforcement cannot be everywhere at once and they know that.

    Liberal Anarchists were the Muslim terrorists of that period, so it is of no doubt that stripping the claws from the populous out of fear of that threat could and probably did play a part in it, but it still leaves us with nothing but speculation. The study I posted above kind of sums up why there is so little in terms of substance in the lead up to the NFA regarding silencers; there really isn't any. After lawmakers couldn't get handguns off the menu they threw silencers in there last minute for who knows why.

    It's of interest to me as anytime I tell someone I'm waiting on a suppressor to come through I always get the question "why do you need THAT" like I'm some sort of murderer or nefarious character. I want to tell them what all went down eighty years ago, and to that point I can; last minute addition due to grossly unsupported fears of mass poaching during the great depression, in a time where people couldn't afford food much less ammunition and a silencer. In a time where there were so few DNR officers spread out across the country that someone could light off a howitzer multiple times in the middle of the night and no one would probably notice.
  2. kBob

    kBob Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    North Central Florida

    In younger days as a student in Law Enforcement programs leading to an AA and BS in field, I had the opertunity to examine suppressed rifles that actually where used in poaching that had been siezed by the state game officials. None had threaded barrels. The suppressors were all made of common items (which I will not discuss)that could literally be picked out of the garbage and actually worked.

    In Europe one of the most effective suppressors I saw had replacable baffels that each consisted of an object most Germans saw or even used every day.

    Do not think that supressors have to be the finely machined, high priced things you see today in taxed trade.

    The suppressor "ban" allowed the force of the federal government to be held over the head of any one caught using a suppressor for any reason regardless of how hard or expensive it was to make.

  3. HB

    HB Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    One could buy beltfed machine guns from a catalog at the time... It didnt take much to convince congress that "we" didn't need them.

  4. MAKster

    MAKster Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    When the Thompson first entered production in the early 20s it cost $200. That was incredibly expensive. A new Ford auto cost $400. The Thompson was a commercial failure and was only made in large quantities after it was adopted for use in WWII.
  5. hentown

    hentown Member

    May 13, 2012
    The NFA was simply another example of the airheads we've put in Congress over the years. You'll find most legislation that tramples the 2nd Amendment to originates in "Y" states, where individual freedoms have long been discounted.

    There's absolutely no congent reason that we should have to jump through the hoops that we do, in order to own a suppressor. The fact that only those willing and able to spend a lot of money can currently buy machine guns is indicative of the same dolt mentality in 1986 that's existed since the Republic was born.

    There was a mild skirmish in the mid-1860s, in which the United States claimed victory, after having lost 50% more casualties than it's opposition. That's the only time such a Pyrrhic victory has occurred involving the U.S. Using taxation to control "the unwashed masses," more specifically, those masses who now never vote DemocRATic, is what's been going on forever. It's really just that simple.
  6. Midwest

    Midwest Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    There is an organization called the American Silencer Association. They have a neat page that lists the states where silencers are legal and what states allow hunting with them. I understand that Wyoming joined the list of states recently that allows hunting with silencers. I believe it is 28 out of 39 silencer states that allow silencer hunting. I believe some countries in Europe it is required to hunt with silencers.

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