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Old 06-14-2007, 03:14 PM   #11
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Yes, Bill, that was a good trade.

Now let's fire up the Wayback Machine and take all such stuff back to 1969 when the amnesty ran for six months after GCA '68 went in. I had a college classmate who amnestied a Maxim gun then.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:59 PM   #12
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I've always had a "thing" about the amnesty.

The Gun Control Act makes controlled guns a TAX matter.
You get nailed for not paying the taxes, (the failure to register is sort of a side issue).

A standard principle of law is, "The citizen MUST be given the opportunity to obey the law.
Since the BATF will not ALLOW someone to comply with the tax and registration law, I've always thought it would be ruled un-Constitutional if challenged high enough.

It just sounds wrong to tell citizens it's a crime to have an unregistered gun, BUT we won't allow you to register it.
Old 06-14-2007, 06:09 PM   #13
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I agree, but not even the NRA will fight for tommyguns.

As I recall, you did not have to pay the transfer tax on a gun you registered under the amnesty, but if you sold it, they would charge double.

When the $200 tax was put in, it was 80% of the price of a Thompson. They KNEW a ban on automatics would be unconstitutional, so they applied a confiscatory tax.
Old 06-18-2007, 10:06 AM   #14
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I think anyone figuring to turn in an M2 receiver would be well-advised to turn in just the bare receiver and salvage all other M1 parts. Any M2 fire-control parts can be legally sold as long as they are not a complete set. Plenty of guys have M2s and are always looking for replacement parts. Carbine parts are sky-high and it would be a shame to lose a $300 barrel because you didn't take it out of the receiver. Since the receiver is scrap anyway, the barrel can be removed by putting it in a vise with wood jaw covers, clamping down on the flat. Then you can use any big wrench you want on the receiver to screw it off the barrel. It's best to shape the wood jaws so they fit the barrel profile.

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