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Moral Issues of the NFA

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Shytheed Dumas, Jun 19, 2010.

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  1. Shytheed Dumas

    Shytheed Dumas Well-Known Member

    Apart from the questionable constitutionality of the NFA, I have been seriously struggling with the morality of it all. Can anyone make an intelligent case for imprisonment up to 10 years, loss of personal properties, fines to $10k (and in some cases up to $500k for failure to pay the tax stamp), and the permanent loss of gun rights for something as simple as...

    • Drilling the rifling out of a handgun
    • Adding a vertical grip to a handgun
    • Constructive possession
    • Cutting a barrel short

    These are just a few of many instances in which the violator has caused absolutely no bodily harm or injury to anyone, nor would possession of any of these items cause them to suddenly lose control and go on a killing rampage. No loss or damage to another's personal property has taken place. Not one meaningful crime has been committed, and yet they are all strictly enforced with bizarrely strict penalties. Why? Doesn't this constitute cruel and unusual punishment? I am starting to seriously wonder how anyone associated with the arrest and prosecution of these individuals can live with themselves, or am I missing something? If ANY weapon, firearm of any type or otherwise, is used to commit a real crime, then the perpetrator is rightly due the strictest penalties afforded by law, but up to 10 years, fines and a felony record for duct taping a dowel on to a pistol? Given the penalties I wouldn't come with 100 miles of any NFA violations, but the point is that it seems soooo wrong on so many levels...
  2. Government seems to have separated itself from the subject of morality. I hope you understand the issue better having this information.
  3. Shytheed Dumas

    Shytheed Dumas Well-Known Member

    Understood. I guess this was just a post of dismay with where we've come... And it's not like it all started yesterday; 1934 was a long time ago.

    Also, note that I was questioning how any "one" involved with sending people to prison over such minor infractions could justify or live with their actions. And no, I don't buy the "because the law says so" argument. That person would not like it at all if I did every legal but crappy, mean spirited, and immoral thing that I could to them.
  4. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    i doubt you will find much support for the NFA here. nevertheless, politics is pretty much verboten on THR.
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