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Old March 31, 2013, 07:06 AM   #4
Spats McGee
Join Date: July 28, 2010
Location: Arkansas
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With all due respect to Sanity Challenged, intent is irrelevant. (With the exception of laws. We do need to know the intent of legislators in interpreting a law.)

My response to the "it was designed to X" argument: so what? Do we really need to delve off into the mind of the initial designer to determine how we'll craft legislation in regards to a specific item? No.

This argument seems to be specific to arms. When discussing automobile legislation, you won't hear anybody saying, "but cars were designed for X, Y and Z." Nobody cares why a thing was designed, or its intended purpose, except as to weapons.
I'm a lawyer, but I'm not your lawyer. If you need some honest-to-goodness legal advice, go buy some.
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