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Post-86 Weapon Quesstion

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by whitelevelboy1997, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. whitelevelboy1997

    whitelevelboy1997 New Member

    Mar 16, 2012
    Could a class 3 firearms dealer purchase a post-86 weapon without a leo demo letter or how could they purchase a post-86 weapon with a leo demo letter. Also how does one go about obtaining a demo letter.
  2. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Senior Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    The (Un)Constitution(al) State
    A LE demo letter is required to purchase any post-'86 dealer sample, and is normally just a letter printed on paper with a law enforcement header and signed by a police chief or other equivalent. The letter needs to state that the police or other law enforcement entity want the dealer to obtain the post-'86 sample as a demonstration of the weapon for potential purchase and use by the law enforcement entity, and it allows the dealer to purchase the post-'86 sample from the dealer that currently has it.
  3. Bubbles

    Bubbles Senior Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
    A manufacturer or importer FFL w/ SOT may purchase a post-86 machine gun from an FFL/SOT that is going out of business and giving up his license. A dealer FFL w/ SOT still needs the letter.

    Find a friendly sheriff or chief of police to write letter, and ask nicely.

    Being related to, friends with, or a campaign contributor of the Sheriff helps.
  4. mboylan

    mboylan Active Member

    Sep 23, 2009
    The ATF still has to approve the transfer even with the letter. They have been cracking down on buddy to buddy relationships between LEA and FFL SOT 3s. An MP5 demo letter for a SWAT team would get approved if you can keep HK out of the way. A Maxim or M60 transfer would most likely not get approved by the ATF.

    Demo letters are getting tougher to obtain and get approved.
  5. mortablunt

    mortablunt Senior Member

    May 1, 2011
    You'd need to have some sort of request or competition for a new firearm to get or make a new MG. Unfortunately, there is just no way to really circumvent FOPA unless you have super deep pockets or a very excellently funded SWAT team under your leadership.

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