Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 11:29 pm
An NFA firearm is any type of firearm that falls under specific definitions that are set forth by the National Firearms Act. In order to properly categorize these NFA firearms, definitions based on the physical dimensions, designs, functions, and configurations are used. Additionally firearms can also be grouped under a specific type such as rifles, shotguns, machine guns, or any other type of weapon. One key aspect of certain definitions is that the weapon can be made to be readily restored to fire. What this means is that even if you have a weapon that is incapable of firing in its present condition, if it’s possible to restore it to firing condition then it will be considered an NFA firearm. The key phrase here being readily restorable. Weapons that have been welded shut, plug welded, or had their barrels welded to the receiver are in many cases not readily restorable and are not classified as NFA firearms. Let’s look at three classifications: shotguns, rifles, and what’s known as any other weapon or AOW.
A shotgun is normally a hunting type firearm that is typically not considered an NFA firearm. A shot gun that has a barrel length that is less than 18 inches long, however, is considered an NFA firearm and subject to the NFA regulations. Additionally any weapon that has been crafted from a shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches or a barrel that is less than 18 inches is also considered an NFA regulated firearm.
A rifle is typically not considered an NFA firearm. A rifle does however fall under NFA regulations if it’s barrel is less than 16 inches in length. Like the shotgun any weapon made from a rifle with an overall length that’s less than 26 inches or has a barrel length that is less than 16 inches is considered an NFA firearm and subject to regulations.
The any other weapon category includes weapons or devices that can be concealed and discharged. These are unique weapons that include devices like umbrella guns, pen guns, or knife guns for instance. To this any other weapon category you can also add any type of smooth bore barreled pistol or revolver, that’s intended to fire a shotgun shell.