Ok so it has always been my understanding that any holster that allows the firearm to be fired while still in the holster falls into the AOW category just like briefcase guns.
Is this true? Does it only become and AOW when the pistol is inserted? Since the pistol is the only thing with a serial number I'd have to suppose it is in fact what one would fill out the paperwork to make an AOW on.
The reason I ask is I was browsing the facebook marketplace and ran across this.
Guy is selling these holsters that he is making. His description is as follows Leather holster for .380...stays in holster while you fire it.. Great for back pocket or purse..Black or Brown leather..Brass, antique brass or silver screws..
I don't guess he is really doing anything illegal in selling the holster but i'm not sure too many people are going to know this.
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August 23, 2011, 10:10 AM
The BATFE considers it an AOW, when it completely encloses the firearm.
That wallet holster and other's similar to it, are not AOWs because the slide of the firearm is still exposed.
Also, check your state's laws for any restrictions on "wallet holsters".
August 23, 2011, 10:23 AM
Legal questions aside, that's a horrible holster concept. All it is going to do is maybe keep the gun "upright" in your pocket (although on pants with bigger pockets, that's even a problem with the pocket holster I have) and it does nothing to shroud the trigger. I don't see this as an improvement over other designs.
If I'm going to take the risk of shooting myself in the jubblies whilst carrying, I don't think I'm gonna pay extra for a holster that gives me that option. I'll just throw my Keltec in my pocket with no holster.
August 23, 2011, 11:25 AM
Yeah it becomes NFA (basically) when it makes a gun not look like a gun anymore.