AWB and SBR AR's


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razorback2003
December 19, 2012, 04:51 PM
Did the old AWB apply to AR's that were Short barrel rifles or could a SBR still have a flash hider and collapsible stock?

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Aaron Baker
December 19, 2012, 11:14 PM
I was just wondering that myself. No one can know how any potential new law would be written.

But did the 1994 AWB apply only to Title I firearms, or did it apply to Title II firearms as well? Did anyone here make an SBR during the period from 1994 to 2004? Did you have to make sure it complied with the AWB?

Aaron

Mot45acp
December 20, 2012, 12:49 PM
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Prince Yamato
December 20, 2012, 01:48 PM
The awb applied to SBRs.

emailforforum84
December 20, 2012, 03:41 PM
I do not think that Class 3 items weapons would takee much assault. 1) they are largely uninformed about the legalities or ability for people to obtain and 2) they would tighter laws, whats tighter than the obnoxious and stringent grip of the NFA Branch of ATF?

Aaron Baker
December 20, 2012, 05:14 PM
The awb applied to SBRs.

Thanks for the info. That's too bad, since it means that any new legislation likely would as well.

Aaron

Prince Yamato
December 20, 2012, 05:44 PM
I do not think that Class 3 items weapons would takee much assault. 1) they are largely uninformed about the legalities or ability for people to obtain and 2) they would tighter laws, whats tighter than the obnoxious and stringent grip of the NFA Branch of ATF?

They never took them on during the AWB. They were merely a casualty of the wording of federal gun laws. SBRs are rifles under federal gun law. Because they have under a 16" barrel or are under 26" OAL, though, they are subject to a $200 tax. That's where the NFA bit comes in.

The "background check" on a form 4 is a relic of pre-34/68 laws- when there was no background check. You're basically just paying a tax on your gun, even though it feels more like a penalty.

Landric
December 23, 2012, 04:41 PM
The additional problem that if one "makes" a SBR, then one has to comply with the laws in place at the time. If a new version of the old AWB is passed into law, then even "pre-ban" rifles that are "made" into SBRs would have to comply with the current law. That means that a pre-ban rifle made into an SBR after the ban went into effect would have to be ban compliant. That is how it worked during the 1994-2004 ban, so if the same law were passed again, the situation would be the same.

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