So, a lot of you have been posting this link in our comment section. It’s an official petition on WhiteHouse.gov to repeal the National Firearms Act of 1934, there is also one to repeal the 1986 Hughes Amendment.
To sign the petition, all you have to do is visit the website, submit your name and email, click the “sign now” button and then check your email for the WhiteHouse verification. Click on that verification and you’re signature is added to the total count.
Now, if enough people sign the petition — the threshold is 100,000 signatures — the White House has to give an official response within 60 days. Signing the petition won’t repeal those ridiculous laws but it will notify the Trump administration that we are eager for action on this front.
At the time of writing this article, the NFA petition is almost halfway to the 100,000 goal, with 47,329 signatures. It needs 52,671 by Feb. 19, 2017 to get a response by the White House. The Hughes petition has 9,918 signatures and needs 90,082 by Feb. 19, 2017 to get a response.
The National Firearms Act is the reason why machine guns, short-barreled firearms, suppressors and other categories of arms are heavily regulated by the government.
Instead of simply being allowed to purchase a suppressor at your local gun store, you need to wade through a bunch of NFA red tape, including filling out paperwork, submitting fingerprints and a registration form, passing an ATF background check, obtaining a signature from a chief law enforcement officer and paying a $200 tax.
The NFA is outdated and it needs to be repealed.
Likewise, the Hughes Amendment needs to be repealed. Passed as part of the Firearm Owners Protection Act, it placed a civilian ban on fully automatic weapons that were manufactured past May 19,1986. The Hughes Amendment dried up the supply of available machine guns for the civilian market sending prices skyrocketing to the point where now only wealthy collectors and hobbyists can afford to purchase them.
Scrapping the Hughes Amendment would allow manufacturers to meet the current consumer demand for fully automatic firearms.
As the petition for the Hughes Amendment reads, “Since 1934 there have only been 2 known homicides committed with a legally owned fully automatic firearm and one of them was caused by a police officer. This law does nothing to prevent crime and it raises the price of legal automatic weapons to a ludicrous price due to supply and demand.”
I hope that you take some time this weekend to sign the petitions. Government works best when the people it serves tell it what to do in no uncertain terms. Today, via these petitions, is a great way to the ball rolling.
Click here to sign the Repeal the NFA petition.
Click here to sign the Repeal the Hughes Amendment petition.