Federally Registered Weapons in Nevada Grow Over 20 Percent in Two Years

The number of federally registered weapons in Nevada rose nearly 21 percent from December 2010 to March 2012, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Under the National Firearms Act, which dates to 1934, ATF approves or disapproves of the transfer of ownership of certain firearms and also regulates the manufacture and registration of those weapons. These include machine guns, silencers, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and destructive devices.

The number of such registered weapons in Nevada rose from 40,008 in December 2010 to 48,359 in March 2012. Registration of destructive devices, which include explosives, poison gas and grenades, rose by nearly 3,400 to lead the increase. There were also 1,096 additional silencers and 501 more machine guns.

 


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