We start with a review of the basic legal definitions from the last episode then we apply them to real world scenarios. First, a primer on the definition of silencers (yes, silencers and not suppressors) and then we explore how products like the SilencerCo Maxim50 and the Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 Pistol were created with good motivation (creative practical application of firearm compliance/legal knowledge) but bad judgment (focusing only on federal law and marketing language that doesn’t jive with the legal intent).
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OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:
- Review of the basic firearm definitions
- Title I vs Title II firearms
- No such thing as “Class 3 Firearm”
- 18 U.S. Code § 921(a)(24) The term “Firearm Silencer” or “Firearm Muffler” means any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for the use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.
- ALL parts of a silencer are a silencer themselves!
- SilencerCo Maxim50
- Not a firearm nor a silencer under federal law
- Still a firearm under some state laws!
- Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 Pistol
- Handgun definition requires intent to be fired with one hand
- Intent (not use) of second hand makes it an NFA firearm! (AOW)
- Advertised with intent to be used with two hands. Oops.