SC and GA folks! Read this before you bring your SBR to Shooters (SC peeps) or your SBR to Beaver Dam (GA peeps)!!!
So we have been discussing buying a new home and we’ve been looking. Part of this included looking across the river in South Carolina. This of course caused me to start researching what I have to do for my Title II weapons in relation to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. So, I used The Googles of course.
I found this. Which states:
A registered possessor of an NFA firearm, other than an FFL/SOT, may not lawfully transport in interstate or foreign commerce any destructive device, machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle, without prior written approval of ATF, specifically the NFA Branch. Approval for the transportation may be obtained by either a written request, or an approved application filed with ATF on Form 5320.20, Application to Transport Interstate or to Temporarily Export Certain NFA Firearms. Please note that applications to transport NFA firearms will be approved only if consistent with all State and local laws.
[18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(4); 27 C.F.R. § 478.28]
Well now. In typical gubment fashion, their explanation requires further explanation. So I looked up the Title 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(4); 27 C.F.R. § 478.28, again using The Googles. And found this. Which states:
(a) The Director may authorize a person to transport in interstate or foreign commerce any destructive device, machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle, if he finds that such transportation is reasonably necessary and is consistent with public safety and applicable State and local law. A person who desires to transport in interstate or foreign commerce any such device or weapon shall submit a written request so to do, in duplicate, to the Director.
(b) No person shall transport any destructive device, machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle in interstate or foreign commerce under the provisions of this section until he has received specific authorization so to do from the Director. Authorization granted under this section does not carry or import relief from any other statutory or regulatory provision relating to firearms..
And of course this is just vague enough that I had to look up what “interstate or foreign commerce” means and found this.
Interstate or foreign commerce. Includes commerce between any place in a State and any place outside of that State, or within any possession of the United States (not including the Canal Zone) or the District of Columbia. The term shall not include commerce between places within the same State but through any place outside of that State.
Which when all added together means you can’t carry one of those items across the state line in a car, truck, motorcycle, airplane, lawn mower, tractor, horse, donkey, wagon or any other means of transportation.
WHEW!!! I was still unsure of what this meant. So I called the NFA Division of the ATF in Martinsburg, WV. I figured I would go right to the source and ask. I spoke with Rachael(SP?).
She specifically told me, ANY NFA “destructive device, machine gun, short barrelled rifle, short barrelled shotgun” required ATF approval BEFORE you crossed state lines with the firearm. Period. PERIOD. This does not include supressors by the way. They are not destructive devices.
On a good note. If you regularly bring your NFA Firearm across state lines for a specific purpose, like shooting it at a range, you can get blanket approval from the ATF that will cover you for a period of 365 days. So if you regularly go to Shooters, you can get that approval. If you regularly go to Beaver Dam, you can be approved for that too.