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An Overview of the National Firearms Act (the NFA)

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Produced on August 11, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Administrative Election Year 2020

Course Description

This program, presented by Sarah Gervase of the National Rifle Association, will provide an overview of the different categories of firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA), as well as related regulations and case law interpreting the NFA. Specific topics covered will include registration requirements, different types of transfers, taxes, the making of NFA arms by non-licensees, state laws governing NFA arms, gun trusts, and legislative and regulatory updates relating to NFA arms.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the history of the NFA and why it matters to current law

  2. Identify what types of firearms are covered by the NFA and how they are regulated differently than other types of firearms

  3. Recognize the most common violations of the NFA and their potential penalties

  4. Advise clients who own NFA firearms or who want to buy them

Credit Information

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Sarah Gervase

The National Rifle Association

Sarah Gervase has been Assistant General Counsel at the National Rifle Association since 2006.   

She lectures frequently on a broad range of firearms law, including self-defense, the Second Amendment, state constitutional arms provisions, preemptions law, gun trusts, civil rights actions, and state and federal firearms laws.   

She drafted the women’s amicus briefs on behalf of women state legislators in the D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago U.S. Supreme Court cases.  Justice Alito cited and quoted her brief in the McDonald plurality opinion.  She also writes articles for the NRA Law Enforcement Division’s Quarterly Newsletter.  

She received her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and her B.A. from Harvard. 


Richard H.

I enjoyed this course and would like to see more, firearms-related courses offered on Lawline, especially if presented by NRA General Counsel staff.

Debra Lucas H.

Excellent. Understandable. Clear presentation.

Michael F.


Erin B.

Wonderful work. Concise and thorough. Very helpful.

Douglas H.

The issue regarding inherited firearms was very good. I have always counseled those to not pass down any firearm to a person that would not qualify to possess a firearm, her advise was much better.

Jean Margo R.

Very knowledgeable instructor; interesting

Kristy P.

Lecturer was informative and knew her stuff. One of best I have heard so far!

gerald c.

Great rtesentation

Alicia R.

Very professional

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