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Hobby Protection Act of 1973

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Some folks wonder whether any federal laws apply to reproduction items...particularly firearm related items. The quick answer is "No."


Laws regarding fraud could apply to reproduction items, but I've never heard of a situation where a perpetrator of a firearm reproduction item fraud was brought to justice. If anyone knows of such an instance, please post the details here. The best way to combat fraud involving firearm reproduction items is overall knowledge to avoid fraud in the first place, and also peer pressure, such as can be applied through collector groups, gun shows, etc.


When I first started looking into reproduction firearm items, I wondered about any applicable laws, and found none. What I did find is an interesting sidenote...Most political campaign collectibles, such as campaign buttons, posters, stickers, and certain coins, etc., that are related to political campaigns are subject to the Hobby Protection Act of 1973. This act came about because of concern about this collecting genre, and it was successfully passed through Congress, and signed by President Nixon. I've mentioned this to others in the past, and hardly anyone has heard of it before. Basically, it requires reproduction political campaign items to be clearly labeled as "REPRODUCTION." This is partly why I advocate the clear labeling of reproduction firearm items with a manufacturer ID and date.


Anyway, I thought folks who may see this new forum might be interested in hearing about the only law I'm aware of that specifically addresses reproduction collector items.


Does anyone know of any state or local ordinances that may apply to reproduction collector items, and whether they apply to firearm items, or not?


David Albert


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I have heard of it and have posted on this forum about it in the past.

You can blame people who demand accurate reproductions for this problem. They will not buy something "clearly" marked reproduction because it defeats the purpose in buying a highly accurate reproduction in the first place. It is something I deal with on a daily basis.

There is a clear distinction between a reproduction and a fake, it all lays with how it is sold.


"I've never heard of a situation where a perpetrator of a firearm reproduction item fraud was brought to justice."


I have, a number of years ago an individual was arrested for selling fake percussion era pistols. If I remember correctly he was charged with and convicted of fraud. He was a regular seller at the Alabama Gun Collectors Association show in Birmingham.

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