Here's a better one: why don't we focus on the underlying issues rather than basically meaningless terminology that everybody involved understands what is meant anyway.
Because when we stop focusing on terminology we get legislators who ban items like "Shoulder things that go up"
You have to live in a state that allows a class C weapon. This includes fully automatic firearms. If you live in such states, you can buy any fully automatic firearm from a licensed dealer regardless of the age of the firearm.
If you buy a pre 1986 device you can purchase it in any state provided you pass the background checks and pay your money.
No. No. No. and No.
The only entity that is allowed to purchase a machine gun that was manufactured post 86 is a government entity. Period, no exceptions.
A Type 1 Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer who maintains his FFL in good standing along with paying the accompanying Class 3 Special Occupational Tax may purchase a machine gun manufactured post 86 on behalf of a government entity if and only if the licensed firearms dealer first receives a letter, on official government letterhead, stating that the government entity is capable of purchasing and wishes for the dealer to procure the machine gun so they may sample. (this letter is colloquially known as a 'love letter from the Sheriff')
If you are not a Type 1 FFL SOT 3 that is procuring machine guns for a gov't entity then you are relegated to the Type II Pre-86 NFA machine gun market. The gun the sheriff can get for $500 will run you $25,000 because of the requirement for it to have been registered pre-86.
Further, if you live in a state that does not outlaw machine guns outright and you do find a pre-86 you wish to purchase, you better be in good standing with the sheriff or chief law enforcement officer of your area as he will have to sign off on paperwork before you even send it in to the BATFE. This is also entirely at the CLEO's digression. If he does not want to sign it, tough shit. If he will, great! Now it's time to get your mug shot taken, your prints digitally taken and a check for $200 to be made out to the BATFE and sent in. Then you wait for 6-12 months for the results of your background check and if you are squeaky clean they'll send you a tax stamp saying you are clear to posses your machine gun. Then you can finally take possession of it. Oh and did I mention, you need to plunk down the $15,000 for the weapon up front before you even send in your paperwork?
Registered Drop-In Auto Sear (RDIAS). Google it.
It's a small block of aluminum that fits into low-profile AR15 lower receivers and makes it a full auto (not even select fire, that's a weird cam design that you have to buy fully assembled).
It costs about $50 to make and $15,000-$20,000 to register if your state even allows it.
A Drop-In Auto Sear is a $5 piece of aluminum that is illegal to possess unless it had been registered as a machine gun prior to the Firearm Owners' Protection Act being enacted due to the Hughes Amendment attached.
The reason this little piece of metal is $15,000 is because no more little pieces of metal like it can be registered with the government to make it legal to posses.
I'm a little out of my depth but "comprehensive legislation" these days makes me nervous that there aren't sneaky things in there.
Unfortunately it happens far too often.
Take the Hughes Amendment for example, If you pay attention, you'll notice the amendment that Mr. Hughes brings to the table fails to pass, but is instead inserted into the bill as passed by the gavel of Mr. Rangel.
Look at the ``Lightning Link'' graphic here:
Technical details here for the morbidly curious, though there's some questioning the legality of this classification.
There's not much question as to the legality of BATFE's decision, if you are in possession of an AR15 and an unregistered lightning link prepare for a decade long trip to club fed.
An interesting note: in 2004 the BATFE declared your shoe laces to be machine guns.
What actually constitutes "well regulated" is admittedly controversial, but requiring a license to own a gun is generally accepted as being part of that regulation and is not really all that controversial for most people.
No it's not. Well regulated, as used in the 2nd amendment is defined as being in proper working order. I.E. a well regulated clock is calibrated properly and functions as expected. The meaning of "Well Regulated" has nothing to do with laws governing the responsibilities of a militia in the current sense of the word regulated. And indeed this definition was held by the Supreme Court of the United States in District of Columbia Et. Al. vs. Heller
"Finally, the adjective “well-regulated” implies nothingmore than the imposition of proper discipline and training.See Johnson 1619 (“Regulate”: “To adjust by rule ormethod”); Rawle 121–122; cf. Va. Declaration of Rights13 (1776), in 7 Thorpe 3812, 3814 (referring to “a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people,trained to arms”)." District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)
Wonder how gVoice would do transcribing google's own recaptcha audio. Someone go try that. Either way though, it's an interesting dilemma if they ever got automatic transcription good enough to defeat these audio recaptchas.
* Well, after RTFA, I realize that a fair bit of what they did was actually more related to hashing (and the pseudo-random generator) vs actually trying to parse the audio, but still.
In the presentation they did that question was raised and they stated that using gvoice was the first thing they did with no luck.
In other words, pretend you're a luser?
Since we're talking about a LIFESPAN of a human being, not just one decade...... YES the number of Americans killed by falling meteorites over the last 80 years does exceed the 3000 killed on 9/11.
Where in the hell do you get this stuff, the odds of being fatally hit by a meteorite is infinitesimal. There have only been a very small handful of individuals hit by meteorite in recent history and all of them survivors.
Verizon is the first company I've seen try to pull an asshat move like this.
I've seen this before with the banks and ATM's. Initially the banks decided that ATM's allowed them to reduce their operational overhead by lowering the burden on their tellers and pushed to get customers using these machines. This worked out well for a couple years until ATM's became the de facto norm for money transactions then banks ushered in miscellaneous fees for the convenience of using an ATM billed under the guise of an added burdensome operating expense for having to maintain the ATM's.
How many private banks are going to be willing to fork over $20,000-200,000 for an education for an 18 year old kid with no credit history, no job, and a low likelihood of gaining employment in their first 5 years that will pay anything close to enough to be able to aford the payments on that loan?
The reason the federal student loan program exists is because it ISN'T profitable to make that loan. Most kids are going to default, and the banks will be left holding the bag.
You might want to brush up on your bankruptcy law
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