AWB sunset question


August 29, 2004, 11:09 AM
Reading some recent posts regarding "what I can do to my post ban gun in a few weeks....." something occured to me. By law, will guns manufactured during he ban period still be bound by the terms of the ban? In other words, will it be legal to modify a post ban gun after the ban sunsets, or is it neccesary to leave it as is? Common sense tells us that when it has sunset, we can do as we please, but law is not always based on common sense. So, what does the technicalities of the law say on this matter?

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Dave Markowitz
August 29, 2004, 11:31 AM
Once the AWB sunsets (cross fingers, knock wood), you can put all the evil features you want on a post-ban gun. You will also be able to purchase standard capacity ( >10 round) mags, even if they say "LEO ONLY" on them.

Das Pferd
August 29, 2004, 11:36 AM
Just make sure the gun is made in the USA.

August 29, 2004, 12:24 PM
What about an imported gun?

Is this from an official source? Like I mentioned before, law isn't always based on common sense.

August 29, 2004, 01:26 PM
What about an imported gun?

If you put enough U.S.-made parts in it, then by the magic of osmosis it becomes a domestic-made gun. 'S'truth! Ask the ATF!

August 29, 2004, 05:09 PM
As in Portugese G3 and Bulgarian Kalashnikov can get colapsing/folding stocks after the AWB sunsets? They have the reguired number of US parts to be compliant now, but both have foriegn made recievers.

August 30, 2004, 01:46 PM
The issue is Section 922 (some letter) which says it cannot be assembled in a configuration that is not importable. If you assembled a rifle with a certain number of US parts, it becomes US regardless of where the reciever is made. Therefore, an FAL made with an Imbel reciever can have all the evil features if enough parts are US made. This already stands and any FAL currently legal is so only because it has enough US parts. Therefore, as long as you have the correct number of US parts, then you can have a folding stock and a bayonet lug and a pistol grip and a flash hider.

The real joy, of course, is the high-capacity magazine (especially for the M1a or those newer handguns designed after 1994). Let's face it, a bayo lug and flash hider are nice, but not that much needed. If I had to chose between a bayo lug and 10 round magazine or no bayo lug and an unlimited magazine, I'd give up the poker in any day.

Of course, banning the bayolug/flash hider were pretty stupid in the first place (my FAL was just as deadly neutered).


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