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To: fire_eye
I think it's a bad idea when uniformed or undercover law enforcement and gun silencers are intertwined.

There is a very good reason silencer possession is a federal crime. It should apply to everyone.
5 posted on 10/19/2003 1:19:30 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: dwilli

For your licking enjoyment

8 posted on 10/19/2003 1:50:41 AM PDT by agitator (Ok, mic check...line one...)
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To: dwilli
There is a very good reason silencer possession is a federal crime. It should apply to everyone.

Actually, you can legally own a silencer in most States. There is a $200 Federal tax/registration on them, in addition to the healthy prices.

9 posted on 10/19/2003 2:00:40 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber!)
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To: dwilli
There is a very good reason silencer possession is a federal crime. It should apply to everyone.

I think you are letting 70 years of liberal propaganda get to you. Silencers were legal for about 20 years, and we had no problems with them. The only reason that we can find that was given for their inclusion in the 1934 federal firearms act was that Roosevelt administration officials were worried about them being used for poaching, but that no one had ever been caught poaching with one.

The effective ban on silencers because of the required $200 tax has been one of the worst government health policy disasters in history. Litterally millions of people have suffered hearing loss for lack of a $5 gun muffler.

I think the real reason for the ban was to insure that people could not conduct pistol practice in their back yard without annoying the neighbors. Silencers were treated as a social necessity for decades in europe. People were not allowed to obtain a pistol permit unless they showed that they were also obtaining a silencer, so that the neighbors would not be annoyed. Silencers were very common on hunting rifles in Britain up to a decade ago for this very reason.

In Finland today, anyone may own, purchase, make, or trade a silencer without a permit, and they don't have any problems because of this freedom. We should have the same freedom here.

22 posted on 10/19/2003 5:54:22 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: dwilli
"There is a very good reason silencer possession is a federal crime"

Yes there is. It.s so the Fed Gov can generate $200.00 in revenue from each silencer a citizen wants to own.
Exactly the same as the $200.00 for each machine gun.
28 posted on 10/19/2003 7:27:16 AM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
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To: dwilli
There is a very good reason silencer possession is a federal crime.

And that would be?

53 posted on 10/19/2003 8:58:49 PM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: dwilli
There is a very good reason silencer possession is a federal crime.

No, it's not a federal crime, so long as you have the proper paperwork filled out and you've paid your tax.

The only reason they passed that edict was to raise revenue for the state. It needs to be repealed, as the 2nd amendment doesn't give the government the power to regulate silencers.

56 posted on 10/19/2003 9:10:19 PM PDT by Mulder (Fight the future)
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To: dwilli
There is a very good reason silencer possession is a federal crime.

I give up; what is it?

70 posted on 10/20/2003 8:34:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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To: dwilli
Owning a silencer is only a crime if you don't pay the TAX on it to the BATF. They are legal to own.
73 posted on 10/20/2003 9:06:59 AM PDT by dljordan
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