".......... The Firearms Owner's Protection Act of 1986 made any machine guns registered after 05/19/86 illegal to be transferred to regular civilians. "
This is what I said. The market works on supply and demand. The supply was cut off, demand stays the same, prices skyrocket. If you had an M16 prior to 1986 you couldn't ask more for it than someone could buy one for new. Now you can't buy one new so you can ask whatever the market will bare. One more item about that statment; ".....machine guns registered after 05/19/86......" You can't register a machine gun for private sale after the 1986 act. This is no longer allowed.
You are correct that the GCA of 1968 prohibited the importation of Class III weapons for individuals, however you could still buy UZIs or HKs or whatever that were converted from semi-auto by a Class III manufacturer until the 1986 act made this practice illegal. By the same token prior to 1986 you could buy new US manufactuered guns such as the M-16 which you can't now. So to say he did next to nothing to the machine gun community is a statement I don't agree with.
You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.
Last edited by 444; August 27, 2001 at 08:27 PM.