Renfield is correct. Unless this gun has previously been registered with the BATF as either a fully functional weapon ($200 registration tax) or as a registered inoperable DEWAT de-activated war trophy ($5 transfer tax) then this gun is completely illegal and cannot be sold to anybody. The police department can confiscate the weapon and then contact the ATF and have the gun registered to their department, but it can never be sold down the line to the public. It can only be transferred to another law enforcement agency in the future, forever. The only other choice is that the law enforcement can deactivate the weapon and have it transferred to a museum with the approval of the BATF. But no museum would pay much for a MP-55/STG-44. Fully operational and registered MP-44s usually sell for between $15,000-$20,000 now a days.
Isn't it just grand how it was perfectly legal for her father to bring it home as a "war trophy " (something that is now illegal to do), she inherited it and was made an instant criminal by legislation/BATF for doing absolutely NOTHING.
When the government suddenly decides to make what is legal, illegal, causing citizens to become instant felons for doing absolutely nothing - something is wrong. Sounds more like a dictatorship than a Democracy or Constitutional Republic.
Of course - it seems like the argument could also be made that any otherwise law-abiding citizen should be able to own this weapon, or any other firearm manufactured under the 2nd Amendment. The libs like to bring up the "Well-regulated Militia" bit - but the intent of the founding fathers was that households have firearms suitable to defending our nation, that there is always an informal "army" with arms. The muskets of the Revolution are the AR's of today.
This poor woman... Sad.
posted on 12/12/2012 10:19:29 AM PST
(Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
I wonder where we’ll go to ‘buy back’ our freedom?
posted on 12/12/2012 11:58:34 AM PST
(Looting the future to bribe the present)
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