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Posted: 7/24/2003 11:15:21 AM EDT
Which law/ban regulates the 16" barrel length and the 36" (i think it is) overall lenght? Is it the AWB? Thanks for your reply
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 11:19:19 AM EDT
The Gun Control Act of 1968 set the laws for barrel lengths.
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 11:35:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/24/2003 11:43:15 AM EDT by JohnTheTexican]
Unfortunately, it won't sunset. The definition of "short-barreled shotgun" and "short-barrelled rifle" are found in [url=http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/18/parts/i/chapters/44/sections/section_921.html]18 USC 921[/url].
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 11:42:38 AM EDT
NFA or National Firearms Act (1934) dictated that a barrel for a shotgun must be at least 18". A rifle must be at least 16". Any shorter than that & it must be registered & a $200 tax paid. There were limits on imported handguns as a result of the GCA of 1968.
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 11:49:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jt325i: NFA or National Firearms Act (1934) dictated that a barrel for a shotgun must be at least 18". A rifle must be at least 16". Any shorter than that & it must be registered & a $200 tax paid. [red]There were limits on imported handguns as a result of the GCA of 1968.[/red]
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Doh! That's what I was thinking of. The NFA of 1934 is correct for rifles/shotguns.
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 12:07:01 PM EDT
The NFA of '34 set the 18" limit for rifles & shotguns. A later law changed barrel length to be a minimum of 16" for rifles (so the CMP could sell surplus M1 carbines).
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 4:29:08 PM EDT
I believe the OAL was not dependent upon the barrel length. I got this information from "The Gun Control Act of 1968, Public Law 90-618" - ATF website. (8) The term "short-barreled rifle" means a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length and any weapon made from a rifle (whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise) if such weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches. Barrel - 16" min. Rifle - 26" min.
Link Posted: 7/27/2003 11:21:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/27/2003 11:22:27 AM EDT by jt325i]
Keep in mind the OAL of 26" is with the stock extended on pre-ban guns w/folding or collapsible stocks. Folded up, it could measure less than 26". Course till the AWB ends new guns are stuck with fixed stocks.
Link Posted: 7/27/2003 2:12:13 PM EDT
I may be wrong, but I thought overall length (26 inch) requirement was with weapon " in a conditon in which it may be fired ". Which would make a carbine with an overall length under 26 in. a NONO, unless it was not capable of firing when folded ( as in the Kel-tec style). Can anyone verify this? Great forum by the way, gotta love a forum dedicated to my favorite rifles... Travis F.
Link Posted: 7/27/2003 10:33:53 PM EDT
if you read on the kel-tec site, it has a note on it somewhere saying that they are 100% legal since they are not in a fireable condition when closed.
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