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Federal law prohibiting regulation of air guns

Discussion in 'Legal' started by LAR-15, Apr 19, 2007.

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  1. LAR-15

    LAR-15 Member

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    I read there is a Federal law/statute that make it illegal for the BATFE to regulate air guns.

    Is this true and can someone tell me where to find it?

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  2. fletcher

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    I don't think so - why do you ask?
     
  3. SDC

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    I think it's more a matter of the definition of a firearm under US law; since air guns aren't DEFINED as "guns" under US law, they're out of the purview of ATFE. In Canada, OTOH, ANY "barrelled weapon" that can fire a projectile at greater than 500 fps is considered a "firearm".
     
  4. LAR-15

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    I read on a site (can't remember which) that the BATFE is prohibited by law from regulating air guns.
     
  5. Risasi

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    SDC,

    I wonder what they would do with a railgun? :scrutiny:
     
  6. Duncan223

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    How about MetalStorm!!!

    No shells, no gunpowder, no explosion, no firing pin... just a big-ole tube with electrical pulses causing a lot of chunks of stuff to come flying out at high velocity.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. SDC

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    I'm sure they would write something new to catch the railgun if a portable version came to fruition, but the Metalstorm is already caught by virtue of the fact that it has barrels.
     
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    Regulations on air guns is an interesting question. Air guns were actually used in war in Europe until outlawed. Too quiet, not sporting. They have also killed elk size animals. I wonder what sort of super-bb gun you could build in your garage????
     
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    One is the law that prevents local or state governments from regulating the sale of airguns or paintball guns, except to prohibit sales to minors. I'll get the citation later.
     
  10. BigO01

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    Interesting , now if somebody would just make an air version of a Galil with 308 ballistics .
     
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    What? No. Just because something has a metal tube doesn't mean the BATFE has anything to do with it.
     
  13. brickeyee

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    "How about MetalStorm!!!

    No shells, no gunpowder, no explosion, no firing pin,..."

    Better check again, you only have 2 of 4 correct.
    It uses gunpowder and "explosions" (actually deflagration) to propel the bullets.
    It is a pre-loaded tube and does use electric ignition.
     
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    I'm acutally about to buy an "air force" condor pellet rifle. I think this is the ultimate SHTF tool. Uses a hand pump, fires .22 lead pellets at 1200fps, and when the JBT's come... it isn't a firearm

    You can actually get a .50 caliber air rifle. It's a single shot but you can take a deer with it from what i've heard.
     
  15. Risasi

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    In a sense air rifles are an even more ancient technology. I believe I read one time the swiss were making then even as far back as the 1400's.
     
  16. brerrabbit

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    IIRC, a few military grade air rifles were made in the past.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_rifle

    Not toys, and yes I would like one chambered in .50 cal. Just a dream until I get my workshop up.
     
  17. MudPuppy

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    Until its redefined as one and banned with the others...like has happened in every other place that gun control insanity has won out.

    But agree that it seems like a very useful SHTF option.
     
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    "One is the law that prevents local or state governments from regulating the sale of airguns or paintball guns,"

    I'd be interested tio see that. In NJ, you need permits for airguns, too. :barf:
     
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