New gun rights group launched for NFA owners



Lee’s note: It’s about time! A new gun rights group has been launched specifically for the owners of Title II arms and accessories: machine guns, short barrel rifles and shotguns and suppressors.

It’s called the NFA Freedom Alliance (NFAFA), and it’s a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization – the (4) means that it can lobby.

It’s mission is clear: “The NFAFA is the strongest direct action/lobbying organization working at the state and federal level to ease restrictions on the ownership, manufacture, sale, and use of items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA).”

I’ll be reaching out to their new Executive Director directly to learn more, but here’s a write up from the Outdoor Wire:

Veteran Activist And Lobbyist Launches Gun Rights Organization

Gun owners have a new ally in the fight for Second Amendment rights. Long-time gun rights lobbyist and NRA board member Todd J. Rathner announces the formation of the NFA Freedom Alliance (NFAFA), a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the right to own, manufacture, sell, and use items regulated by the National Firearms Act ( The items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) include fully automatic firearms, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and silencers, among others.According to Rathner, ownership of NFA-regulated items is one of the fastest growing segments of the firearms industry. In recent years, the companies manufacturing these items, the dealers selling them, and the people buying them have become increasingly vocal about the need for a unified voice to speak for their interests. The NFAFA is that voice.Of particular concern to the NFA community is proposed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) rule 41P (, which would allow local sheriffs and chiefs of police to arbitrarily decide who can and cannot own NFA items. The NFAFA plans to counteract the potentially negative effects of 41P by aggressively pushing “Shall Certify” legislation ( at the state level. “Shall Certify” is a concept Rathner developed during his time as a lobbyist for silencer rights. Under a “Shall Certify” law, a chief of police or sheriff can only deny an application to purchase/own an NFA item if the applicant is a prohibited possessor under state or federal law.

Rathner explained the impetus behind the NFAFA, stating, “Of all the firearms and accessories available today, none are more maligned or misunderstood than those regulated by the NFA. This is already the most heavily regulated segment of the firearms industry, and I cannot stand idly by as politically motivated law enforcement officers arbitrarily decide which Americans are worthy to keep and bear an entire class of arms.”

ABOUT THE NFA FREEDOM ALLIANCE – The NFA Freedom Alliance (NFAFA) is the premiere direct action/lobbying organization working at the state and federal level to ease restrictions on the ownership, manufacture, sale, and use of items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA). For more information, visit Facebook:

Todd Rathner
Executive Director, NFAFA
(520) 404-8096


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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  2. The ban on class three (or form 4) firearms needs to be over turned. The only thing Ronny Regan did when he signed this law into effect was drive the average working man out of this sport. Lets face it, a MP5 should cost around 2K, but because of the “Pre May 86 ban” that gun sells for 15-20K, who can afford that? Surely not the guy whom fixes my AC or my plumbing at my house…..
    We also know the ATF’s books on these firearms is a mess, and they can’t fix them.
    Let alone, think off all the fee’s the government would collect at 200 bucks per tax stamp. Right now there are only about 200,000 registered machine guns that can lawfully be owned by the average America….(if you can afford the buy in price).
    Oh, anti gunners, sense the 1934 when they started registering machine guns, only TWO registered machine guns have been used in a crime…BOTH used by police officers using department guns (look it up).

    Dump that old law, and lets load up some clips.


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