The National Firearms Act (NFA)

Title II NFA refers to certain firearms, firearm accessories and other devices that are specifically regulated on a federal level. These regulations are separate from, and in addition to, those which are dictated at the state level by Massachusetts. Many of these federal laws differ sharply from Massachusetts Firearms Laws, and involve processes which may seem foreign to those unfamiliar to how the acquisition of such items is done. Because violation of federal NFA laws can carry severe penalties (often harsher than the worst penalties for violating Massachusetts firearms law) it is extremely important that one understand exactly what they are getting into when they decide to dive into the “NFA world”.

Note: Federal firearms law, including title II NFA items, is very complex. It is so complex that an entire book could be written on the subject, probably even several. The following is a guide that in many ways covers the main topics and common issues and questions that arise insofar as Massachusetts gun owners are concerned. It should not be considered a comprehensive outline on every facet of federal firearms law; this is just the tip of the iceberg. One should always consult with a firearms attorney experienced in federal Class III and NFA items.

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This article was written by Marcus Dillof and posted by Massachusetts Firearms Attorney Jesse C. Cohen.