What would be the legal issues of an unregistered mp40 being donated to a museum? Will the museum have to register it, or?
Thanks in advance, guys!
Thanks in advance, guys!
Or the unscrupulous take it out the back door.if it was me, I would cut the receiver up, and sell the parts kit or build a semi from it. donate to a museum you won't get anything but a handshake. and there is no guarantee it will even go on display, could just get store in the back
The problem with your idea is that it makes too much sense and is efficient.It sure would save a lot of aggravation if you could just pay 200 bucks and register an original unmessed with NFA item. The government would make money, they would know who has what. And the chances of them being used in a crime would disappear. I'd rather have a legal NFA item then a small tax deduction. They probably have some cap on what you can deduct anyway. An original numbers matching MP-40 is probably 20,000 dollars in todays market.
I agree 100% but a WWII mp-40 that's been in the USA since WWII and missed the amnesty in '68 should have a way to be accepted into the registry. That's the problem we face.What I don't like about the form 10 if you read it. They will look back at the registry and if it's a legal gun that has no paperwork that the owner can find. It's status is changes to form 10 and it's no longer transferable (ever). They won't tell you if it is or ever was registered.Actually no new MGs for Citizen use has been added to the registry since 1986, not 1968. Perhaps you made a error jennymikeb ?
The Amnesty in 1968 only was for 30 days, Congress actually authorized 90 day amnesty IIRC.So, in theory we could have 60 days of amnesty left. Of course theory is not reality.
You are also incorrect that the MGs brought home from WWII were all "smuggled". Prior to 1968 you could own a Deactivated MG. Usually that meant the bolt was removed and the chamber had a steel plug welded in place. Some were "deactivated " more than others. Am aware of some WWII vets(officers) bringing home MGs that were considered "deactivated" by the military by simple removal of the bolt.
Of course all these guns needed to be registered in 1968 to be legal today.
Funny you should mention that particular gun..... I had a family here in MN with an immaculate MP-35 with SS runes all matching with a nice magazine and original sling. Brought back by the father, who was a captain in the Army in Europe. Never registered. They contacted the local BATF office, and were told "contraband". I found out about it because I was in contact with a BTF agent here on another matter, and he helped get the gun donated to the State Military Museum on a form 10. I actually met him at a local PD to pick the weapon up to transport it .So if someone happens to own a pristine MP35 with SS markings on it that came back God knows how, and remains in someones family, it could never be taken to the Feds to become legal to own? If not, I call BS on that.