Americans, most often informed by the two major political parties and the main stream media, fail to agree on any acceptable and meaningful change.  Or if change is needed at all.  Yet, I’ve never talked to a gun owner who didn’t hope for some change albeit gun control or adding privileges like the ever popular SHARE (suppressor) bill or National Reciprocity.  We yell and scream at each other, argue over the most trivial things, and often most of these problems can be helped by the ability to understand each other.  So when I see "the National Firearms Act of 1986"  (when reading a national news article)  I know this writer doesn't understand what he/she is writing about.. so I just stop.  It's not worth reading further.  This happens when 70%+ of our politicians open their mouths.

Americans, most often informed by the two major political parties and the main stream media, fail to agree on any acceptable and meaningful change.  Or if change is needed at all.  Yet, I’ve never talked to a gun owner who didn’t hope for some change albeit gun control or adding privileges like the ever popular SHARE (suppressor) bill or National Reciprocity.  We yell and scream at each other, argue over the most trivial things, and often most of these problems can be helped by the ability to understand each other.  So when I see "the National Firearms Act of 1986"  (when reading a national news article)  I know this writer doesn't understand what he/she is writing about.. so I just stop.  It's not worth reading further.  This happens when 70%+ of our politicians open their mouths.

For the record:  The National Firearms Act of 1934 from wiki "An Act to provide for the taxation of manufacturers, importers, and dealers in certain firearms and machine guns, to tax the sale or other disposal of such weapons, and to restrict importation and regulate interstate transportation thereof."  (credit wiki) See, that's not so hard.

Also:  Gun Control Act of 1968   "An Act to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for better control of the interstate traffic in firearms." (credit wiki)

And:   Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986      "An Act to amend chapter 44 (relating to firearms) of title 18, United States Code, and for other purposes." (credit wiki)

In plain English, in response the gangsters of the early 1930's brought on by prohibition, etc, Congress passed the NFA act to regulate machine guns, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, where you can buy weapons/ammo, etc.  Before this act you could and most often did order your Thompson .45acp Subguns from Sears, Montgomery Wards, etc, without the need of ID.. Those were the days.  After the NFA act of 1932 was passed you needed to have a $200 tax stamp on each serialized weapon, store it a certain way, transport it a certain way, sell it a certain way, etc..

The Gun Control Act of 1968 further defined the regulation of firearms via interstate sales by prohibiting sales across state lines unless you were a dealer, manufacturer, or importer.

The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 mainly was passed to prevent "75 percent of ATF prosecutions "were aimed at ordinary citizens who had neither criminal intent nor knowledge, but were enticed by agents into unknowing technical violations." (credit wiki)  Among other mostly regulatory changes the FOPA/1986 disallowed the new manufacture of machine guns.  Before 1986 you could buy a new machine gun like any other gun, but with a $200 tax stamp AKA the NFA/1934.   The FOPA/1986 froze the number of machine guns and other NFA/1934 firearms/devices to 1986 levels.  Forever.  (this makes the purchase of such firearms/devices extremely good investments as demand keeps going up but supply never increases)

Now.. there are NFA States and non NFA states.   42 states see fit to allow it's residents to buy/sell/own NFA listed items.  8 states do not.  Illinois is one of those 8 states.

Now you are much more educated than 99% of the journalists and news "professionals" out there.  If you want to become even more educated read the above referenced wiki pages:

NFA Act of 1934:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act

Gun Control Act of 1968:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Control_Act_of_1968

Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearm_Owners_Protection_Act

As a reward for self-education on the 2nd Amendment have fun with this video:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+most+armed+man+in+america