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Sunday, June 19, 2005

She Had a Sawn-Off [Politics]

A gun-control activist, Sheila Eccleston, was recently arrested when she admitted to police that she was keeping a sawed-off shotgun in her house. She claimed that she was keeping it until the next gun amnesty. This makes no sense to me, because she could have just called the police and turned it in right away. Instead, she kept it for six months.

In case you didn't know, sawed-off shotguns are specifically banned by federal law (the National Firearms Act of 1934, or NFA). In order to legally own a shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18", or an overall length of 26", you need to buy a $200 tax stamp. Before being approved for the tax, you have to pass an ATF background check, and you have to get permission from your county law enforcement.

(HT: AngryEngineer)

1 comment:

The Angry Engineer said...

Keep in mind that even with the NFA tax stamp, SBRs (short-barrel rifles; also includes shotguns) are not legal in Michigan and some other states. Too bad, since Mossberg makes a beautiful 590 with a 14" barrel that'd make a perfect home-defense weapon.