Originally Posted by user
The problem is that the NFA is a taxation mechanism, it's not about regulation of interstate commerce. Anyone who meets the (reasonably straightforward criteria, sort of like what you go through to get a concealed carry permit) and who pays the tax, can have a sawed-off shotgun or a machine gun. The government's stated interest in such things is collection of the tax, which is why what used to be ATF was part of the Treasury Dept. So in theory, the NFA didn't infringe on the legitimate ownership of weapons, it just taxed them, the same as the United States does with tires.
Good point regarding the taxation mechanism but is one also able to obtain any weapon listed in the so called assault weapons
ban by merely paying a special tax as you now can with fully automatic weapons? My understanding was that it is an outright ban on the importation and sales of such weaponse to anybody