The State Washington continued the nationwide trend toward permitting ownership of firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA). On April 2, 2014 the governor of Washington signed into law a change in state law permitting the state's residents to 'possess, transport, acquire and transfer' short-barreled rifles (SBR). This legislation passed both houses of the state legislature in nearly unanimous votes in support. You can read the text of the law here.
In recent weeks, Michigan also legalized SBRs. Silencers are legal in the overwhelming majority of states, and many of those states are expanding those rights by lifting bans on hunting with a silencer. Thus, hunters may avoid hearing damage and noise complaints.
These developments are just the lastest examples of the significant progress on the state level to expand rights to own NFA firearms. Many states are debating legislation to require chief law enforcement officers (CLEOs) to provide some sort of written response when a person requests their signature for the ATF forms required for NFA firearms. Arsenal Attorneys' own Matthew Bergstrom testified before the Virginia Senate in January of this year in support of such legislation. Despite gun control rhetoric on the national level, the states reflect the reality on the ground. NFA rights are expanding and ownership of these firearms is increasing.
Contact Arsenal Attorneys to learn how we can help you own NFA firearms and protect the rest of your gun collection with our Arsenal Gun Trust--availabe in most states.