So, Beretta has announced (and is actually shipping) the carbine kit to convert the Neos .22 pistol into a handy little carbine. In and of itself, that’s pretty cool – the ability to swap barrels and add a stock to convert your pistol into a carbine is handy for a lot of shooters.
But no, this post is about the silly laws we have to deal with as firearms owners. Say you buy this kit so you can convert your Neos back and forth. You’re putting it together, and get the new stock all attached, when suddenly you’re interrupted by the phone/wife/kids/dog/etc. You take care of business, and forget all about finishing the conversion on your Neos. Congratulations, you are now in possession of an unregistered short barreled rifle. If you then absent mindedly take said gun to the range without first putting the long barrel on, you will be transporting an unregistered short barreled rifle.
People ask for common sense gun laws, and I agree…but using my definition of common sense. A common sense gun law wouldn’t throw someone in jail for years for putting a stock on their .22 and forgetting to finish putting the barrel on the gun. These are the things we deal with as gun owners every day, though. Navigating the byzantine gun laws and regulations all because we’re law abiding citizens that have no desire to end up on the foul side of Uncle Sam.