View Full Version : A question of law.

Kenneth L. Walters
March 16, 2000, 03:09 PM
Thompson submachines guns are still made by the new owners of Auto-Ordnance. That I confirmed today. They aren't for sale to us civilians. Is that a company decision or is that a matter of law?

Eric Blair
March 16, 2000, 03:59 PM
Full Auto? They are covered by the beautifully named "Firearm Owners Protection Act"
Only MG manufactured, and registered before May 19, 1986 can be owned by "civilians". (btw: Cops are civilians, even if they want to ignore it. Unless you are paid Military, accept the title.)

Simple enough reason. Not AO decision, but Uncle Ronnie. (He signed the stupid law, backed by our beautiful NRA!)


The Rock
March 16, 2000, 05:34 PM
From what The Rock knows, the amendment to the bill that did that, was passed by a voice vote in the closing minutes and Pres. Reagan didn't know about it. I think it was Latenburg, the same dude who brought us the wonderful misdemeanor ban too.


James K
March 17, 2000, 12:41 AM
Reagan and the NRA knew about it. The NRA did a trade off to get the interstate transport law which was part of the same bill. They could have gotten the bill killed, but they wanted that transport law for their target shooters and they thought they could get the MG provision changed later. I told them what I thought of that idea.


4V50 Gary
March 17, 2000, 09:07 AM
And since that wonderful law, machineguns have doubled, tripled in price, or worse.