Bane talks about the general silliness of the current NFA rules as applied to suppressors, short barreled rifles, and short barreled shotguns. I am in 100% agreement with him on this one – if anyone remembers my stalled 10/22 PDW project, one of the big reasons why it hasn’t gone anywhere is the massive amount of trepidation that I have when it comes to navigating the spaghetti maze of NFA regulations surrounding short barreled rifles.
What would happen if the Federal “controls” on barrel length of rifles and shotguns were lifted tomorrow? NOTHING AT ALL, except we’d all have access to a whole new generation of handy rifles and shotguns. Would such guns be “more concealable” than their long-barreled counterparts? Depends on whether you live in the Real World or not…for a fact, no such short-barreled rifles or shotguns would be nearly as “concealable” as a 1911, much less a Bond Derringer in .410 (with a rifled barrel!).
It’s classic Michael, and he’s really right about it. I can kind of understand wanting to regulate machine guns, but the restrictions on barrel length in shotguns and rifles are completely arbitrary and nonsensical.