The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 is the law responsible for setting the parameters on both civilian, police and military requirements for the possession of machine guns, short barreled rifles/shotguns, suppressors, and other destructive devices in the United States. This law enacted a $200 tax stamp to be paid by civilian purchasers for each NFA listed item at the time of purchase.
A common fallacy is that individuals must have a “Class 3” license to purchase an NFA regulated item. The NFA does NOT require an individual to have any specific license to purchase or possess an NFA weapon. A $200 physical tax stamp must be obtained as proof of the proper tax paid and background checks completed.