Bill to allow WWII trophy title IIs
HR 2088 is a bill which would allow WWII vets and their heirs to possess certain war trophies and DEWATs (deactivated war trophies).
What prompts the legislation is that during WWII, commanders were authorizing soldiers to own and take home war trophy guns, including machineguns. Many of the vets didn't realize that such a written authorization doesn't get them around the National Firearms Act; they weren't lawyers, were in war, and had a letter from their commander authorizing them to take the gun home, and figured that covered it. As a result, there are a considerable but unknown number of MGs out there where the owner thinks everything is legal, and it isn't.
In a September 22, 2005, letter, Representative John Boozman (R-Ark.) requested DOJ Inspector General Glenn Fine to investigate and tell him "which documents ATF currently recognizes as entitling World War II veterans, and/or their lawful heirs, to legally possess War Trophy Firearms, and to legally possess DEWATs." Rep. Boozman made this request as Chairman, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
[UPDATE: I'm told that a number of these vets or their heirs have the written documentation showing that their commanders authorized them to bring the firearms home.]