Soldiers during World War II and the Korean War were able to get their hands on firearms and weapons of soldiers from different countries. At the time this was a completely legal act. Existing law, however, requires all these weapons to be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. If those firearms are not registered, those veterans or their family members are subject to conviction for illegal possession of those firearms.
New legislation has been introduced to the House to protect those veterans and their families. In response to this situation. U.S. Representatives Denny Rehberg (R-MT), and Leonard Boswell (D-IA) introduced H.R. 420, known as the Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act.”
If the Veterans Heritage Firearms Act HR 420 passes, it will provide select veterans a temporary period of amnesty. The provisional reprieve will apply to any veteran who served in an overseas capacity prior to 1968. During the momentary pardon, veterans will be able to register any relic firearm of which they are in possession without fear of being prosecuted for possession.
While soldiers are certainly not allowed to collect firearms from enemy soldiers anymore, there is no reason veterans or their families should have to worry about being prosecuted for committing what were legal acts at the time.
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