Members of the House and Senate introcued a bill to give people the opportunity to register machine guns and assault rifles their grandpa brought back from either WWII or Korea.
Known as the Veterans Heritage Firearms Act, the bill would create a 180-day grace period for veterans and their family members to register firearms seized overseas before Oct. 31, 1968 without fear of prosecution.
“Our World War II and Korean War Veterans risked their lives in foreign lands in defense of our freedoms. These firearms represent the sacrifices they made in the name of duty and are often treasured keepsakes,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), one of the sponsors.
“We should do everything we can to make sure they stay that way,” he continued. “This bill would protect veterans and help preserve these historical artifacts.”
It wasn’t uncommon for servicemen to lawfully obtain firearms overseas but not have the paperwork to certify the purchase. Consequently, when Uncle Sam started cracking the whip with the the Gun Control Act in 1968, no paperwork meant no registration. Failures to register these guns under the National Firearms Act makes them unlawfully possessed.
While Congress did offer a similar grace period for registration in 1968, it is believed that many veterans either missed the deadline, refused to register or, as mentioned, didn’t have the required paperwork.
“I am proud to sponsor the Veterans Heritage Firearms Act, legislation that would allow World War II and Korean War veterans to register their firearms obtained overseas,” said Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tennessee).
“Giving these heroes the opportunity to register their antique firearms will allow families to preserve these historical artifacts as an important part of their family heritage,” he added.
No doubt that plenty of the brave people who served brought back hardware used overseas during World War II and Korea. Why shouldn’t we give them and their families the opportunity to make things right in the eyes of the law?
Actually, better yet, why don’t we just repeal the stupid law GCA and NFA? Who’s with me?
Either way, we’ll keep you posted on the progress of the Veterans Heritage Firearms Act.