Are you talking about a license to buy / make / sell as in a busness? or are you talking about owning a class 3 item for yourself?Someone was telling me in order to get your Class 3 license you have to get approval by your local Sheriff. Is that true or does it vary per State?
the machine gun ban started in 1986. I forget the exact month but i was too young then for it to matter. I wasn't 21 yet.That seems like a lot of work for law abiding citizens to go through.
If they can put such hoops like that in owning a full auto what about them doing it so semi-auto guns.
Anyone know when this starting happening. The 80's?
Actually it started in 1934 with the passing of the NFA act. That is when machineguns, silencers, SBRs, AOWs, and destructive devices started being treated differently than other classes of weapons. The 1986 FOPA act only prohibited new machineguns from being registered......thus making all new MGs non-transferable.Anyone know when this starting happening. The 80's?
Someone was telling me in order to get your Class 3 license you have to get approval by your local Sheriff. Is that true or does it vary per State?
It was actually a last minute thing. The regulatory reform was truly about getting the ATF to stop harassing specific FFL holders. The act mandated certain compliance by the ATF; including only inspecting an FFL dealer once per year. Before that, they were harassing specific dealers in order to run them out of business. The machine gun ban was tacked on to the FFL regulatory reform; and it was done to finish what the NFA of 1934 started. This was done by the Republicans; and most notably Ron Reagan signed it into law.I am not clear why they decided to ban newly made machine guns from civilian purchase. Was it to limit what would be out in civilian hands and keep that number from rising?
Actually, there was a court case - and I don't have the cite handy - where the sheriff refused to sign on a transfer and sued F-Troop and won because the federal government cannot require work on the part of state and local officials without funding said work. The second suit was by the transferee, in which the court required F-Troop to collect the taxes regardless of CLEO signature. I have been told (but have no direct knowledge) that if you mention the specific cases in a letter with your tax form, that they will accept it without the CLEO signature and the funky machinations of a corp/LLC/trust.To purchase a BATFE tax stamp for a Class III weapon that is already in the registry; it involves the signature of the local Sheriff unless you set up a living trust. Some states do not allow ownership of Class III weapons; including NY.
The signature certifies two things....Is the signature of the cleo for approval or just to acknowledge that he knows of the device you are purchasing?