Gun Control Act (1968)

Oct 22, 1968
Gun Control Act
the US Congress expanded gun ownership prohibitions
President Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968

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Federal Firearms Act (1938)

Federal Firearms Act
June 30, 1938 
The FFA imposed a federal license requirement on gun manufacturers, importers, and persons in the business of selling firearms.

federal firearms licensee (FFL)

The FFA was repealed by the Gun Control Act of 1968.
However, many of its provisions were reenacted as part of the subsequent act.

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June 30, 1938
The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 (“FFA”) The FFA imposed a federal license requirement on gun manufacturers, importers, and those persons in the business of selling firearms. The term federal firearms licensee (“FFL”) is commonly used today to refer to the members of the gun industry on whom this license requirement is imposed. In addition to the licensing component of the FFA, the Act required licensees to maintain customer records and made illegal the transfer of firearms to certain classes of persons, such as convicted felons. These classes of persons are commonly referred to as “prohibited purchasers.” The circumstances resulting in the prohibition (such as a felony conviction) are often referred to as “disabilities.” The FFA was repealed by the Gun Control Act of 1968. However, many of its provisions were reenacted as part of the subsequent act.

Congress aimed this law at those involved in selling and shipping firearms through interstate or foreign commerce channels. Anyone involved in the selling of firearms was required to obtain a Federal Firearms License from the Secretary of Commerce ($1 annual fee). They were also required to record the names and addresses of everyone they sold guns to and were prohibited from selling to those people who were convicted of certain crimes or lacked a permit.

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