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Posted: 6/11/2009 4:49:25 PM EST
Has anyone heard about the government requiring Vets to register their firearms? A friend of mine is a big Alex Jones fan and he played an I-cast for me where Alex reported this situation. The report said that it had already passed??? WTF?
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 5:54:12 AM EST
H.R. 442, the "Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act”
The "Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2009," introduced by U.S. Representative Dennis Rehberg (R-Mont.), would provide a 90-day amnesty period during which veterans and their family members could register firearms acquired overseas between June 26, 1934 and Oct. 31, 1968, without fear of prosecution. Congress granted a limited amnesty in 1968, but most veterans did not receive enough notice to participate.

The bill would not apply to all firearms brought home by veterans. The only firearms that normally have to be registered at the federal level are those subject to the National Firearms Act (NFA). More common trophies, such as bolt-action rifles or semi-automatic pistols, need not be registered. Therefore, H.R. 442's proposed amnesty would only apply to machineguns and other NFA firearms. (It also would not apply to “destructive devices” such as bombs and grenades.)

H.R. 442 states that “in the absence of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary the Attorney General shall accept as true and accurate any affidavit, document, or other evidence submitted by an individual to establish that such firearm meets the requirements.” This allows for the fact that in the chaos of wartime troop movements, many veterans may have acquired war trophy firearms lawfully under military regulations, but without receiving official paperwork to document the guns. Naturally, too, many veterans or their family may have lost such paperwork over the years.

Under the bill, the Attorney General would have to create and distribute clear printed notices providing information regarding the amnesty period and the requirements for registering a firearm during such period.

Recognizing that veterans' trophies represent an important part of the nation's history, H.R. 442 would require the Attorney General to transfer each firearm that has been forfeited to the United States to the first qualified museum that submits a suitable request. The Attorney General would be prohibited from destroying any forfeited firearm until the end of the 5-year period beginning on the date of such a forfeiture. Information about forfeited firearms would have to be made available to the public within 60 days after the forfeiture.

Lastly, H.R. 442 would amend federal law relating to machineguns, allowing their “transfer to or by, or possession by, a museum which is open to the public and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under applicable State law.” Current law only allows transfer of machineguns to government museums, but many of America’s finest collections of historic firearms are in museums run by private organizations, rather than by the government.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 11:57:58 AM EST
Lastly,H.R. 442 would amend federal law relating to machineguns, allowingtheir “transfer to or by, or possession by, a museum which is open tothe public and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation underapplicable State law.” Current law only allows transfer of machinegunsto government museums, but many of America’s finest collections ofhistoric firearms are in museums run by private organizations, ratherthan by the government.[/td][/tr][/tbody][/table][/div]

Now I just have to figure out how to open a not-for-profit museum that is recognized by the state and run this at the same time as my job. Do you think public hours between 7 and 10 PM would be acceptable?

Link Posted: 6/12/2009 5:47:43 PM EST
Thanks for the info COSteve. I knew that I took my question to the right people/place. It feels good to know that I'm breathing free air again.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:16:54 PM EST
doesn't really matter. most of these guys that have them are in violation of the law already but either don't know it, don't care or just don't want to register their guns.

This kind of helps them, other than the machinegun part, but at least many people would be able to enjoy the fine pieces instead of it being stashed away.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 5:17:32 PM EST
A wolf in sheeps clothing is lurking about.

With this administration I would be VERY leery of any "Registration" legislation, regardless of what it is.
FWIW
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 6:33:15 PM EST
check NRA website. 23 attorney generals sent a letter to eric holder saying they do not want another AWB. they want current laws enforced.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:34:27 PM EST
I've never trusted the NRA. Lobbyist present to many false hopes. BTW, they supported the Veterans disarmament act.
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