NFA Freedom Alliance

NFA Freedom Alliance

  • Founded in 2014
  • Todd Rathner

The NFAFA is the strongest direct action/lobbying organization working at the state and federal level to ease restrictions on the ownership, manufacture, sale, and use of items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA).


  • Identify states where NFA items are illegal and “defense to prosecution” (DTP) is the only protection for NFA owners.
  • Work to repeal and replace “DTP” with statutes that affirmatively protect ownership of NFA weapons.
  • Identify states that do not allow hunting with suppressors and enact legislation to allow such activities.
  • Remove state-level prohibitions against the possession of NFA items.

1934 National Firearms Act

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


transformed crime

  • 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.