What is the 1934 National Firearms Act ?
- June 26, 1934
- strict government regulation and tax of machine guns, short-barreled rifles, and silencers
- imposed a tax on the manufacturing, selling, and transporting of firearms listed in the law
- 1968 Haynes v. United States effectively gutted the National Act of 1934
- response to gangster culture
- Prohibition-era violence
- attempted assassination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933
- advent of the “getaway car”
Another federal law soon followed in the National Firearms Act of 1938, which required the licensing of interstate gun dealers.
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