I understand why the law is the way it is, and that they will not allow "retroactive registration" because who's to say for sure if something is an old antique collectible out of grandpa's collection, or brand new made last week.
but it really is a shame to think of those older and antique and family heirlooms that have to be destroyed because someone didn't take the time to get them registered back in the 30s.
Makes you wonder what would happen with today's weapons...If they force a national registration of ALL firearms or "assault weapons" ...most of us probably wouldn't comply because it's the first step to having them taken away.
but what would happen down the line when we die off, and our firearms collections are handed down?
Lets hope we never get to that point with ALL weapons!