"There is no intent to enable confiscation of ANYTHING that is not already subject to confiscation as contraband. The intent is actually the opposite, to allow veterans and their heirs to keep arms that are currently regarded as contraband".
I don't see it as a negative, but I don't see it as a big deal either. As I see it the only people effected are:"
--Non registered VETERAN owners of fully automatic weapons, who CANNOT now register, pay the annual fee, and keep them EVEN IF they DO live in a state which ALLOWS fully automatic weapons.
That's a good thing, though I don't know how many that effects. IT AFFECTS MANY MORE VETERANS AND HEIRS THAN MOST PEOPLE REALIZE.
--Non registered owners of handguns in a state or locality which either requires registration or bans handgun ownership, with a grandfather clause post 68. That's a good thing, though I don't know how many that effects.
IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ABOVE.
--"Assault weapon", whatever the state says that is, owners in states that ban them. I'm not that familiar with recent state laws in that regard, if they have grandfather clauses it's a good thing, if they don't which I think is the case in California, the one that comes to mind, it's a nothing. I doubt that effects many people either. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ABOVE.
There's no doubt in my mind that localities will access the records. NO, EXISTING FEDERAL LAW PREVENTS THAT, THE INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL TAX DATA.
I'd certainly not suggest that people violate gun laws. But this seem to have very little practical impact. IT HAS HUGE PRACTICAL IMPACT FOR VETERANS AND THEIR HEIRS.
As an aside and I'm open to correction, but post (and even during) Vietnam, I don't think the number of "liberated" arms is all that great. I recognize that this act doesn't require that they legally entered the US.
ESTIMATES VARY, BUY EXPECT SOMETHING LIKE 50,000-100,000 IF ALL WERE FOUND AND REGISTERED.
Sorry, I do not know how to do the HTML for quoting and changing fonts.
Missed one, "pay the annual fee," is a factual error.
The NFA transfer fee of $200 is only paid ONCE per change in ownership.
There is NO "annual" fee for NFA ownership.