Accuracy in Media

The Left and pro-gun-control advocates tweeted and posted outrage, and rightfully so, after a lone gunman shot and killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500 concert-goers in Las Vegas Sunday night.

However, as The Federalist pointed out, calling the gunman’s weapon a “machine gun” is erroneous, in addition to the countless assumptions and allegations made about U.S. laws regarding “machine guns.”

Here are the takeaways from The Federalist’s article on gun laws regarding “machine guns”:

  • Fully automatic weapons are highly regulated and restricted in America.
  • “Automatic weapons” means that a gun can fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger.
  • The National Firearms Act (NFA) and was passed in 1934 and has been updated in 1968 and 1986. It regulates fully automatic weapons.
  • It is illegal to modify semi-automatic weapons to automatic under the NFA and it is illegal to own fully automatic weapons made after 1986.
  • Pre-1986 automatic weapons must be registered with the government the process takes up to a year, including fingerprints and photos for a background check.
  • It requires a special license to have an automatic weapon under NFA and significant taxes and background investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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