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July 26, 2009, 05:50 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, 07:13 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.

James K
July 26, 2009, 08:45 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.