Originally Posted By CRC:
Why is a thumbhole stock not a pistol grip for importation purposes but under the now defunct AWB the BATFE ruled that thumbhole stocks were indeed pistol grips.
Because the text of those two laws are VERY different, and when it comes to the law, every single word is important. One seemingly subtle word change can make a HUGE difference in how a law is enforced.
Example: "May" vs "Shall"
"A person passing the background check MAY be issued a concealed carry permit."
What this really means is: a person will be issued a CCW *if* some official decides to do so.
"A person passing the background check SHALL be issued a concealed carry permit."
What this really means is: the state MUST issue a CCW; no official has any say in the matter.
And that's just an example changing a single word. The text of the laws you referenced aren't even close to each other.