Friday, January 16, 2015

That Damned Hughes Amendment!

The Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 banned the possession of machine guns produced after May 19, 1986 except for the police, military, and Class 3 dealers. The impact of that was to make pre-1986 machine guns more valuable. It also meant that you and I will never be able to own something like shown below until, and unless, the law is amended.

I've been cruising Instagram the last few days searching for new product introductions that will be seen at the SHOT Show. This morning I came across this .45 ACP subgun from LWRC International that will be shown at SHOT.

If that doesn't make you hate the Hughes Amendment, nothing will.


  1. To be more precise, it limited the transfer of machineguns manufactured in the US. The transfer of imported machineguns was already limited if they were brought to the US after the enactment of GCA68.

    Oh, and other SOT like Class 1 Importers and Class 2 Manufacturers can have them as dealer samples, not just Class 3 Dealers. A Class 3 SOT would be hard up for dealer samples if he couldn't acquire them from his Class 1 and Class 2 colleagues.