The United States Constitution – 10th Amendment states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) is a fight for our 10th Amendment right.
In Montana, Tennessee, and hopefully soon in Utah, it would appear that a person can buy or manufacture NFA items (made in state) such as suppressors, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, 20mm rifles etc… without all the Federal paperwork, tax stamps, and other red tape.
In Montana, the bill states the following specific exemptions:
Section 5. Exceptions. [Section 4] does not apply to:
- a firearm that cannot be carried and used by one person;
- a firearm that has a bore diameter greater than 1 1/2 inches and that uses smokeless powder, not black powder, as a propellant;
- ammunition with a projectile that explodes using an explosion of chemical energy after the projectile leaves the firearm; or
- a firearm that discharges two or more projectiles with one activation of the trigger or other firing device.
Too bad about #4 covering fully automatic firearms. These bills are definitely a HUGE step in the right direction!
The Tennessee bill, and the Utah one have the same exceptions as the Montana one.
I can’t help but wonder if anyone has tested the limits of this yet.
Link to Montana Bill – HERE
Link to Tennessee Bill – HERE
Link to Utah news article – HERE
Link to Utah Bill – HERE
More info on the Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) – HERE
Hat Tip: SayUncle