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    Does anyone have a link to the Reagan Crime bill that outlawed new MG's? I am building up a link library of important Gun laws and I can't seem to find what I am looking for.

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    18USC922 (o), 922 is where a lot of the gun laws reside.

    http://trac.syr.edu/laws/18USC922.html


    "(o)
    (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun.


    (2) This subsection does not apply with respect to -


    (A) a transfer to or by, or possession by or under the authority of, the United States or any department or agency thereof or a State, or a department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or


    (B) any lawful transfer or lawful possession of a machinegun that was lawfully possessed before the date this subsection takes effect. "



    Technically, the MG ban was not part of any "crime bill", it was the "Hughes Amendment" tacked onto the Mclure-Volkmer reform act that banned new machine guns. The rest of the bill was actually a good thing for us gun owners.

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    Do you happen to have a link to that bill/amendment?
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    it's called the firearm owners protection act. and that link you posted is not it, .........


    The FOPA was a pro-gun reform measure put forth to curb many of the abuses being perpetrated by the ATF on gun owners in the years following the 1968 Gun Control Act.

    Liberals, in retaliation for passage of the FOPA, were able to attach the '86 ban onto it, The ban on MG manufacture was literally added at the last minute. Rep Hughes (d. NJ) was trying to kill the kill the bill with this ammendment. remeber this was before the "line item" veto, so President Reagan either had to sign it with that admnt in it, or veto the entire bill.....now if you were the President which would you have done? seeing that the the majority of the bill would be better for gun owners, then that one admnt

    the FOPA allowed you to buy ammunition from mail order, where before it was illegal, it allowed you to transport your gun going through states that ban that type of weapon without you getting arrested, it mandated a relief for those with a felony to get their rights back, etc... ......and a lot more that was a good for firearm owners. but everybody just seems to take that one small thing in it and blow it up as that is the only thing that bill did...........here read for yourself and get educated, so the next time someone cries about that one little thing, you can point out it did far more good

    http://www.guncite.com/journals/hardfopa.html

    this should be a sticky on the firearms regulation forum, so that folks can read and not have the same tired old impression that this just a "86 machine gun ban" and nothing more.......which seems to be the prevaling though about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by W.T. Sherman
    it's called the firearm owners protection act. and that link you posted is not it, .........


    The FOPA was a pro-gun reform measure put forth to curb many of the abuses being perpetrated by the ATF on gun owners in the years following the 1968 Gun Control Act.

    Liberals, in retaliation for passage of the FOPA, were able to attach the '86 ban onto it, The ban on MG manufacture was literally added at the last minute. Rep Hughes (d. NJ) was trying to kill the kill the bill with this ammendment. remeber this was before the "line item" veto, so President Reagan either had to sign it with that admnt in it, or veto the entire bill.....now if you were the President which would you have done? seeing that the the majority of the bill would be better for gun owners, then that one admnt

    the FOPA allowed you to buy ammunition from mail order, where before it was illegal, it allowed you to transport your gun going through states that ban that type of weapon without you getting arrested, it mandated a relief for those with a felony to get their rights back, etc... ......and a lot more that was a good for firearm owners. but everybody just seems to take that one small thing in it and blow it up as that is the only thing that bill did...........here read for yourself and get educated, so the next time someone cries about that one little thing, you can point out it did far more good

    http://www.guncite.com/journals/hardfopa.html

    this should be a sticky on the firearms regulation forum, so that folks can read and not have the same tired old impression that this just a "86 machine gun ban" and nothing more.......which seems to be the prevaling though about it
    Yeah that is why I am researching this stuff. So I know what happened, and the specifics of the laws and regs. Thanks for the link.
    "It's all over but the cryin'!"Moonshiner


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