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Posted: 11/18/2011 7:00:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/18/2011 7:00:55 AM EDT by PatriotAr15]
How would it be classified under current laws? Would it be considered an "Any other weapon"? Would they even be covered by current firearms laws... or would they be "unregulated" at least until some party poopers in congress drafts something up real quick to outlaw/regulate such weapons?

This is assuming this is either a handheld particle canon or plasma rifle or something to that effect.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:00:59 AM EDT
Probably the same as tasers...at first.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:02:30 AM EDT
have a website yet?
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:02:58 AM EDT
Immediately classified as a destructive device would be my guess
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:04:33 AM EDT
Constitutionally, nobody's business, but we all know what the Constitution is worth.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:07:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
Immediately classified as a destructive device would be my guess

DD's either explode, burn or are over 50 cal. An energy weapon is none of those.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:11:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FunYun1983:

Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
Immediately classified as a destructive device would be my guess

DD's either explode, burn or are over 50 cal. An energy weapon is none of those.



true, but they wouldn't have anywhere else to put it and you know they wouldn't want the public to have it. Actually, if it truly worked, the company would "go out of business" and a couple years later the .mil would have a new toy on the military channel
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:24:29 AM EDT
Too far out. We will have rail guns first.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:34:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:36:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FLAL1A:
Constitutionally, nobody's business, but we all know what the Constitution is worth.


/thread

Sheep feel free to continue below:
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:37:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By motown_steve:
Probably the same as tasers...at first.


TASERs fire projectiles but they are propelled by compressed gas. Another system that's less well-known called Stinger also fires projectiles but they are propelled by a centerfire rifle primer and are classified as firearms.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:38:49 AM EDT
It would depend on how the media embraces it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:49:08 AM EDT
Dont put it past the ATF to create a new classification system to lump your energy weapon into Class 3

Originally Posted By FunYun1983:

Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
Immediately classified as a destructive device would be my guess

DD's either explode, burn or are over 50 cal. An energy weapon is none of those.


Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:52:23 AM EDT
doesn't matter civilians sure as heel wouldn't be able to purchase them
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:54:13 AM EDT
Well, it's neither a firearm nor an explosive so . . . I'd say you'd want to start your research with the Food and Drug Administration regulations since they regulate lasers an the like.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 7:54:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/18/2011 7:55:22 AM EDT by TxLewis]
Originally Posted By KJCA3:
doesn't matter civilians sure as heel wouldn't be able to purchase them


To paraphrase an old friend.

"It does not matter if you don't have a 40 watt energy weapon on the first day of the revolution.

You'll be able to pick them up all over on the second day."

Ericthe(still missed)Hun



TXL
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 8:02:41 AM EDT
I always wondered this my self. Powerful lasers are already pretty heavy regulated but what if one could put a powerful laser in a small handheld "weapon" aka an arm?
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 8:05:00 AM EDT
Breaking news...............Energy Weapon Developed..................BATFE & DOE merge
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 8:06:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/18/2011 8:07:18 AM EDT by KJCA3]
Originally Posted By TxLewis:
Originally Posted By KJCA3:
doesn't matter civilians sure as heel wouldn't be able to purchase them


To paraphrase an old friend.

"It does not matter if you don't have a 40 watt energy weapon on the first day of the revolution.

You'll be able to pick them up all over on the second day."

Ericthe(still missed)Hun



TXL


been a long time since i have seen somebody use a quote from ETH he had some good ones when he was around.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 8:09:51 AM EDT
Regulated like powerful laser pointers are now? It wouldn't take long for the regs to start piling up once the first scumbag turned crispy.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 8:21:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/18/2011 8:22:38 AM EDT by strat81]
Originally Posted By goldeyeslayer:
Immediately classified as a destructive device would be my guess


Agreed.

Bob's Gun and Tackle sure won't have them.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 8:35:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FLAL1A:
Constitutionally, nobody's business, but we all know what the Constitution is worth.


The overseers will make it illegal for the peasants first and then maybe go back later and construct some shoddy argument that what they did was remotely within the bounds of the Constitution.

So business as usual basically.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 11:28:20 AM EDT
Doesn't matter as no one is going to stop the dude with it.........
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 11:30:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PraesulPresul1:
Doesn't matter as no one is going to stop the dude with it.........


he's gotta sleep sometime...
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 11:42:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/18/2011 11:43:32 AM EDT by DriftPunch]
You may want it to be labeled as a firearm, as they are protected from the various .gov arms that regulate 'dangerous products' (Lawn Darts, etc...). This doesn't protect them from defect liability.
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