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Posted By: Dan Shea In Response To: But doesn't the post '86 rule pertain just to MGs? (Tom Liemohn)
Date: 7/7/20 02:42
In Response To: But doesn't the post '86 rule pertain just to MGs? (Tom Liemohn)
In 1968, the import laws were changed- no more NFA items imported at all except to LE or DoD.
In 1971 Class 3 dealer Ed Klein finally succeeded in getting a "Dealer Sales Sample" category back in place so we could have "Dealer Samples".... of NFA.
Up until 1986 we were not allowed to keep our dealer samples on ending SOT status, but some exceptions were made to that if you knew the path because it really was legal to keep your chattel property if you were a sole proprietor.
May 19, 1986 a law was passed that no more MGs could be made for private use, and ATF extrapolated that to mean that all imported MGs were restricted the same way.
Nothing changed on silencers, SBR, SBS, AOW, DD.
about a year and a half in, we got it clarified that "Pre-May 19th 1986" dealer sales sample MGs could be kept on ending SOT status, no demo letter required to transfer between SOTs. this worked for LLC, LLP, and Sole Proprietorship. Now it's only sole proprietors.
so, imported silencer, SBR, SBS, AOW, and DD are treated like Pre-86 DS machine guns....
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