TITLE 26 - INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
Subtitle E - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Certain Other Excise Taxes
CHAPTER 53 - MACHINE GUNS, DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES, AND CERTAIN OTHER
Subchapter B - General Provisions and Exemptions
PART I - GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 5841. Registration of firearms
(a) Central registry
The Secretary shall maintain a central registry of all firearms
in the United States which are not in the possession or under the
control of the United States. This registry shall be known as the
National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The registry
shall include -
(1) identification of the firearm;
(2) date of registration; and
(3) identification and address of person entitled to possession
of the firearm.
(b) By whom registered
Each manufacturer, importer, and maker shall register each
firearm he manufactures, imports, or makes. Each firearm
transferred shall be registered to the transferee by the
(c) How registered
Each manufacturer shall notify the Secretary of the manufacture
of a firearm in such manner as may by regulations be prescribed and
such notification shall effect the registration of the firearm
required by this section. Each importer, maker, and transferor of a
firearm shall, prior to importing, making, or transferring a
firearm, obtain authorization in such manner as required by this
chapter or regulations issued thereunder to import, make, or
transfer the firearm, and such authorization shall effect the
registration of the firearm required by this section.
(d) Firearms registered on effective date of this Act
A person shown as possessing a firearm by the records maintained
by the Secretary pursuant to the National Firearms Act in force on
the day immediately prior to the effective date of the National
Firearms Act of 1968 (!1) shall be considered to have registered
under this section the firearms in his possession which are
disclosed by that record as being in his possession.
(e) Proof of registration
A person possessing a firearm registered as required by this
section shall retain proof of registration which shall be made
available to the Secretary upon request.
(Added Pub. L. 90-618, title II, Sec. 201, Oct. 22, 1968, 82 Stat.
1229; amended Pub. L. 94-455, title XIX, Sec. 1906(b)(13)(A), Oct.
4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1834.)
REFERENCES IN TEXT
The National Firearms Act in force prior to the effective date of
the National Firearms Act of 1968, referred to in subsec. (d),
probably means the National Firearms Act in force prior to the
effective date of the National Firearms Act Amendments of 1968,
which is act Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 721, as amended, and
which was classified generally to prior chapter 53 (prior Sec. 5801
et seq.) of this title.
The effective date of this Act and the effective date of the
National Firearms Act of 1968, referred to in subsec. (d) catchline
and text, probably means the effective date of the National
Firearms Act Amendments of 1968, which is Nov. 1, 1968. See section
207(a) of Pub. L. 90-618, set out as an Effective Date note under
section 5801 of this title.
A prior section 5841, act Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 725,
consisted of provisions similar to those comprising this section,
prior to the general revision of this chapter by Pub. L. 90-618.
1976 - Subsecs. (a), (c) to (e). Pub. L. 94-455 struck out "or
his delegate" after "Secretary" wherever appearing.
Section effective on first day of first month following October
1968, see section 207 of Pub. L. 90-618, set out as a note under
section 5801 of this title.
(!1) So in original. See References in Text notes below.
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