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July 26, 2009, 06:50 PM
If I buy a handgun that was made in 1898, am I supposed to enter it in my bound book? Assume the seller will not ship it without me sending my 03FFL. It uses a current metallic cartridge: .38 S&W
(it actually /could/ ship USPS with no restrictions, right?)
July 26, 2009, 08:13 PM
No, you do not have to enter it.
A handgun made in 1898 is an antique, and is not regulated by federal law.
It makes no difference if it shoots cartridges that are still available today.
July 26, 2009, 09:45 PM
Even 01 dealers do not need to enter antique firearms in their books.
But for general information, a firearm designated as an antique, even if it uses non-fixed ammo and an old type ignition system (flintlock, caplock, wheelock, matchlock) is still a weapon under the laws regarding carrying weapons and in laws about armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, etc.
So if someone shoves a snaphaunce in his belt and goes out to stick up the local liquor store, he can't plead that it is not deadly weapon or that he wasn't armed.
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