Friday, April 17, 2015

Dave Hardy on Pistol Gripped Shotguns

I do not recall a single criminal use of artillery in the United States, by someone outside of the government.

Interesting issue ... and here I'm referring to shotguns which were originally made with a rear pistol grip in place of a buttstock.

Under the Gun Control Act, the issue seems simple: they are pistols. Very big pistols, but pistols. Thus they have been treated, and sold in large numbers over quite a few years.

The National Firearms Act, however, poses a problem. Under it, they are not shotguns, since the definition of "shotgun" includes "designed to be fired from the shoulder." 26 U.S.C. §5845(f).

The problem is posed by a different part of the NFA, created when it was amended in 1968. Those amendments created a class of firearms designated "destructive devices," and really aimed at artillery pieces. As you might expect, these were VERY tightly regulated, nevermind that criminal use of artillery wasn't exactly a big problem.

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Wireless.Phil said...

Another anti gun idiot!

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C. S. P. Schofield said...

Bringing up artillery makes me curious. What did the new United States do about cannon? Were cannon owed privately? How about owning armed sailing vessels? Is there clear precedent for private ownership of heavy arms, and wouldn't THAT give the gun-banners hysterics?