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Posted: 1/18/2006 9:01:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/18/2006 9:01:38 AM EDT by Ghetto]
Was there a time in the US that you could go to the local gun shop and buy a FA weapon? When did it become illegal? I know that you can get a class 3 to legally own one but what about the 30's,40's,50's etc... did you just go down to Sears and Roubuck and buy a FA Thompson?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:01:41 AM EDT
Have you ever heard of Al Capone?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:02:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Have you ever heard of Al Capone?



Of course, but where/how did he get it? Where they sold openly?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:02:48 AM EDT
yes, prior to 1934
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:03:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ranger_SXT:
yes, prior to 1934



So after 1934 they were "illegal" for civillians to own? Could you get a class 3 back in the 40s?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:03:58 AM EDT
you could buy thompsons from the sears catalog if memory serves
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:05:48 AM EDT
Before NFA Auto Ordnance used to advertise in magazines and you could purchase by mail. Send them money and you'd get back a Thompson, simple as that.

Ah, for the good old days.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:06:08 AM EDT
You could buy new full-auto stuff after 1934, you just had to pay the $200 tax stamp.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:07:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By illigb:
You could buy new full-auto stuff after 1934, you just had to pay the $200 tax stamp.



+1
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:07:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/18/2006 9:08:31 AM EDT by JCKnife]

Originally Posted By illigb:
You could buy new full-auto stuff after 1934, you just had to pay the $200 tax stamp.



And this was the case until 1986? Is that correct?

Do we have a FAQ around here that covers this?

Edit: I know you still CAN do that, but 1986 sent prices way up because it froze supply?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:09:42 AM EDT
yes--you could buy em at your local hardware/general store (+1 on sears robuck having em in catalogs)

'34 i believe--right after prohibition; govt decided that the procurement and easy distribution/acquiring of FA firearms was a bad thing and that the gang/booze war during prohibition was only accellerated by the BGs having better and more firepower than rivals and the LEOs

Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:10:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JCKnife:

Originally Posted By illigb:
You could buy new full-auto stuff after 1934, you just had to pay the $200 tax stamp.



And this was the case until 1986? Is that correct?

Do we have a FAQ around here that covers this?



The 1986 FOPA locked the number of NFA registered firearms, meaning that no new full-auto firearms could enter the NFA register, regardless of the $200 tax stamp or not.

Prior to 1986, you could legally take an AR, make it full-auto, file the paperwork and pay the $200, and have a select-fire rifle.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:15:03 AM EDT
You could get a "Tommy Gun" from Sears through mail order.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:22:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/18/2006 9:24:31 AM EDT by happycynic]

Originally Posted By illigb:
You could buy new full-auto stuff after 1934, you just had to pay the $200 tax stamp.



True, but $200 was a lot of money back then. The Thompson itself cost $225 at the time, so you were essentially paying a 100% tax.

www.nfatoys.com/tsmg/
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 9:27:07 AM EDT
All the federal agents hired to enforce Prohibition had to do something after its repeal- strings were pulled, jobs were saved..........A little known factor in the passage of the 1934 NFA, along with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
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