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Old June 15, 2012, 09:05 AM   #8
Brian Pfleuger
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It becomes a rifle barrel when it's capable of being used on a rifle. Chambered/threaded whatever.

It's not the barrel that's the problem. You can have 1000, 8 inch barrels with no trouble. They're unregulated.

The problem is when you also have a receiver/frame that the barrel can be mounted on.

THAT is "constructive possession" of a controlled item.

It actually seems that the ATF is letting up on the really ridiculous interpretations, but if you've got a short barrel and no handgun for it to go on but you DO have a rifle it could go on, you'd be in serious trouble if ATF found out.
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