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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Firearms Owner's Protection Act (1986)

Firearms Owner's Protection Act (1986)

Firearm Owners' Protection Act (FOPA) 1986 Pub. L. No. 99-308, 100 Stat. 449 (May 19, 1986) - 18 U.S.C. 921 United States federal law that revised many statutes in the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Banned the sale to civilians of NFA weapons manufactured after the date of enactment May 19, 1986

Restricted sales of newly manufactured NFA weapons to military and law enforcement

Ended record keeping on ammunition sales, except for armor piercing

"Safe passage" provision allows persons to travel with firearms through states that have strict gun control laws

Forbid the U.S. Government or any agency of it from keeping any records linking non-National Firearms Act firearms to their owners

Because of this Act, records of background checks from the NICS Check are legally required to be destroyed after 24 hours

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