Thread: Is this legal?
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Old May 3, 2006, 08:36 PM   #16
smince
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That "secret rule" about measuring with the stock extended was made for one firearm, the M1A1 carbine, some of which were sold by the Army through DCM back in the 50's. Since the government cannot break its own laws, those guns must have been legal (like the 17 7/8" barrel carbines sold the same way - the law was changed), hence the "stock extended" rule, which BATFE does not publish but which they have acknowledged in writing.
Confusion time again. If the Carbines were sold in the 50's, and the GCA wasn't enacted until '68, what does one have to do with the other? The government couldn't "break its own laws" if it wasn't in effect yet.

Also confused on where a 17 7/8" barrel vs. the 16" legal minimum from GCA'68 applies?

Thanks.
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