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Firearms Law: Fully Automatic Weapons

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Like many people, you might think that fully automatic weapons are not legal in the United States. In fact, they are but a special permit, usually referred to as an “NFA permit” or a “tax stamp” is needed. Another term for this is a “Class 3” firearms license. 

Many people find this out and still don’t seek out fully automatic weapons. The reasons for this are usually that they think the process is extremely burdensome or that fully automatic weapons are just so expensive that going through the process isn’t really worth it. 

Neither of these objections are true, however. While it certainly is true that many people think the NFA Class 3 application is about as comfortable as a colonoscopy, thousands of Americans undergo the process every year and are enjoying their legal right to own fully automatic weapons. And while it’s certainly true that if you have your heart set on a Thompson or an M16 you should plan to pay a pretty penny, there are all kinds of weird, off-brand fully automatic weapons at significantly more modest price points. 

So what is the law about Class 3 weapons and how do you legally obtain them?

What Is The 1986 Gun Control Act?

It might shock you to learn that fully automatic weapons were completely legal until 1986. In fact, one of the more credible criticisms of President Ronald Reagan is that he signed into law this restriction on the Second Amendment. Indeed, if you watch the original Terminator movie, you can see Arnie walking into a pawn shop and buying fully automatic weapons as easily as a little 22 pea shooter. 

But Reagan shouldn’t quite be pilloried for this and some nuance and context is in order. Throughout the 70s and to a lesser extent the 1980s, the ATF was completely out of control, harassing law abiding gun owners for everything under the sun from interstate transport to buying ammunition through the mail.

The Gun Control Act of 1986 sought to curtail the activities of the ATF against law-abiding gun owners just minding their own business. American politics was much different then, with political party led by tough negotiators, but also men willing to compromise a little to get the better part of what they want. Thus did fully automatic weapons become a casualty of horse trading to get the ATF off the back of 99.99 percent of firearms owners. 

Now even if you believe any and all gun control laws are infringements, it’s important to see the upside of this: millions of gun owners buy firearms and ammunition through the mail. Very few own or even want to own a fully automatic firearm. So, all told, it was a decent trade – giving up a little for getting a lot. 

How To Get A Class 3 Weapons Permit

Getting a Class 3 Weapons permit isn’t as invasive or complicated as many people might think. In fact, if you’ve been holding off from getting a Class 3 permit because you think it’s going to be a giant headache… generally speaking it’s not. It’s just a few different hoops to jump through and then waiting to see if you get approved. 

First, you have to get an FFL. This might have you abandoning your plans already. But unless you plan on manufacturing, dealing or importing weapons, the cost of an FFL isn’t nearly as much as you think that it is.

Step two is simply paying your annual tax. Again, the cost of this isn’t negligible, but it’s not bank breaking either. 

It’s really that simple, it’s mostly about waiting for the approval. Most of what is required on the form isn’t significantly different from what you have to fill out when you purchase a handgun from a dealer anyway. 

Once you have the proper paperwork, you have a whole new world opened up to you. You can purchase fully automatic weapons for self-defense purposes or even as investments – like most scarce commodities, the value of these doesn’t look like it’s going down anytime soon. 

Do you own any fully automatic weapons? Do you think they should be easier to obtain? Why or why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Biden’s Newest Attempt to Take Your Guns

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The Biden administration finalized a new rule last week, touted by Attorney General Merrick Garland as a “historic step” in combating gun violence. This rule aims to increase background checks on gun sales by broadening the pool of people required to obtain a federal firearms license (FFL). The administration claims this will address the so-called “gun show loophole” and reduce illegal gun sales.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), there’s a “large and growing black market of guns being sold by people without a license.” They argue that this black market is fueling violence because these sellers are not conducting background checks. However, many see this new rule as yet another attempt to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Understanding the New Rule

To grasp the impact of this new rule, it’s crucial to understand the existing laws governing gun sales. Federal law mandates that all gun dealers conduct background checks via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) before selling a firearm. However, private sales between individuals who are not in the business of selling guns do not require background checks.

Currently, 20 states have implemented their own laws to require background checks for all gun sales, including private transactions. In the remaining 30 states, private sales can occur without a background check as long as the seller is not engaged in the business of selling firearms.

The new rule seeks to limit the number of legal private sales by expanding the definition of who is considered a “gun dealer.” Previously, a person needed an FFL if they were involved in the “repetitive” buying and selling of firearms with the primary objective of “livelihood and profit.” The new rule changes this to require a license if the goal is to “predominantly earn a profit,” regardless of whether the seller relies on this activity for their livelihood.

Debunking Myths and Clarifying Facts

Myth #1: The New Rule Closes the “Gun Show Loophole”

Despite claims from the White House and mainstream media, there has never been a “gun show loophole.” Gun shows operate under the same legal framework as other venues: dealers must conduct background checks, while private sellers are not required to do so. The new rule does not close any loophole; it simply creates more confusion and potentially drives private sellers away from gun shows, where they are easier for law enforcement to monitor.

Myth #2: The New Rule Provides Clarity

The rule is marketed as providing clarity, yet it is anything but clear. The ATF’s 19-page FAQ document only adds to the confusion. It states that to “predominantly earn a profit” means the primary intent of the sale is financial gain, as opposed to personal reasons like upgrading a collection. However, there is no clear threshold for what constitutes “repetitive” sales or what amount of profit triggers the need for an FFL.

The lack of concrete standards means law-abiding citizens are left in a legal gray area. The rule could easily be interpreted in a way that criminalizes ordinary gun owners who occasionally sell firearms.

Myth #3: The New Rule Is a Major Change

Both proponents and critics of the rule suggest it will have significant impacts, but this may be overstated. The ATF has long maintained that even a single transaction can require a license under certain conditions. The real effect of the new rule is to sow uncertainty among private sellers, potentially discouraging lawful sales and undermining the Second Amendment.

The Real Impact on Gun Owners

The Biden administration’s new rule will likely deter lawful gun owners from selling firearms due to fear of legal repercussions. This does little to address the criminal misuse of firearms and instead burdens responsible citizens. The rule could particularly impact hunters and sports shooters who want to sell old guns to upgrade their equipment.

By creating more obstacles for law-abiding gun owners, the administration risks driving gun sales further underground, making it harder for law enforcement to track illegal activities. The people most affected will not be the high-volume sellers the ATF claims to target but ordinary Americans who cherish their Second Amendment rights.

The new rule from the Biden administration is another step towards greater government control over private gun ownership. It doesn’t close any loopholes or provide meaningful clarity. Instead, it creates a chilling effect on lawful gun sales, turning responsible citizens into potential criminals.

As with many gun control measures, this rule places undue burdens on the law-abiding while doing little to address actual crime. It’s a reminder that vigilance is necessary to protect our constitutional rights from overreach by those who seek to undermine the Second Amendment. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to stand firm against any attempts to erode our fundamental freedoms.

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Concealed Carry: What You Need to Know to Stay Alive

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Carrying a concealed firearm comes with significant responsibilities beyond simply owning a gun. It requires mastering essential skills and adopting a mindset focused on awareness and preparedness. Whether you’re a seasoned carrier or new to concealed carry, understanding these critical aspects is paramount to ensuring your safety and the safety of those around you.

Shooting and Drawing Skills

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Among the most crucial skills for any concealed carrier is proficiency in drawing from concealment and accurate shooting. In a life-threatening situation where escape is not possible, the ability to swiftly draw your firearm and place precise shots on target can mean the difference between life and death. While regular range practice is beneficial, the majority of essential skills, such as drawing and presenting your firearm, can be honed through dry fire exercises at home. Investing just 15-20 minutes a week can greatly enhance your readiness in the event of an emergency.

Situational Awareness

Another indispensable skill for concealed carriers is situational awareness. Recognizing potential threats from a distance and avoiding confrontations whenever possible is key to staying safe. In today’s society, where distractions like cell phones often consume our attention, maintaining awareness of your surroundings is increasingly challenging. By staying off your phone and actively observing your environment, you can gain a significant advantage over potential threats. Cultivating even a basic level of situational awareness can help you avoid dangerous situations and ensure your well-being.

Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is often overlooked but is equally crucial for concealed carriers. Being physically fit enables you to respond effectively in emergency situations, whether it’s quickly moving to cover or intervening in conflicts. While not everyone can improve their fitness, individuals between the ages of 21 and 55 should prioritize maintaining or enhancing their physical capabilities. Whether it’s running short distances or engaging in quick cardio exercises, being physically prepared is part of the responsibility that comes with carrying a concealed firearm.

Carrying a concealed firearm requires more than just owning a gun; it demands mastery of essential skills and a commitment to awareness and preparedness. By focusing on developing shooting and drawing skills, maintaining situational awareness, and prioritizing physical fitness, you can enhance your safety and effectively fulfill the responsibilities of concealed carry. Remember, your safety and the safety of those around you depend on your readiness and vigilance. Stay safe out there.

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Customization and Concealment: How to Modify Holsters for Perfect Fit

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Finding the right holster for your firearm is essential for comfortable and secure concealed carry. However, off-the-shelf holsters may not always provide the perfect fit for your specific needs and preferences. In this guide, we’ll explore the art of holster customization, offering tips and techniques to modify holsters for a personalized fit that ensures both comfort and concealment.

Understanding Your Needs: Identifying Areas for Improvement

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Before diving into holster customization, take some time to evaluate your priorities when it comes to concealed carry. Consider factors such as comfort, concealability, retention, and accessibility. Determine whether your current holster meets your needs in these areas or if there are specific areas for improvement.

Examine your existing holster for any discomfort or issues that may arise during daily carry. Common pain points include pressure points, sharp edges, or inadequate retention. Take note of these areas as they will guide your customization efforts to improve overall comfort and functionality.

Holster Modification Techniques: Tips for Customization

One of the most common methods for holster customization is heat gun molding. This technique involves using a heat gun to soften the holster material, typically Kydex or polymer, and then molding it to fit your firearm more closely. Be cautious not to overheat the material, as it can lead to warping or damage.

If your holster lacks sufficient retention or is too tight, consider adjusting the retention screws or adding retention devices such as adjustable tension screws or retention straps. Experiment with different settings until you find the right balance between retention and ease of draw.

To address discomfort caused by pressure points or sharp edges, consider adding padding or cushioning to your holster. Options include foam padding, adhesive-backed fabric, or leather lining. Apply padding strategically to areas that come into contact with your body to improve overall comfort during extended carry.

Concealment Enhancements: Tips for Discreet Carry

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Adjusting the cant and ride height of your holster can significantly impact concealment and comfort. Experiment with different cant angles and ride heights to find the optimal position for your body type and carry preference. A slight forward or reverse cant can help improve concealment and draw efficiency.

Consider adding concealment wings or clips to your holster to enhance concealment and stability. These accessories attach to the holster and help distribute weight more evenly, reducing printing and improving overall comfort. Choose options with adjustable angles and tension to customize the fit to your body shape and clothing style.

For added safety and concealment, consider modifying your holster to provide enhanced trigger guard coverage. This can help prevent accidental trigger access while ensuring a smooth and consistent drawstroke. Add-on trigger guard extensions or molded-in trigger guard covers are available for many holster models and can be easily installed.

Customizing your holster allows you to tailor it to your unique needs and preferences, ensuring a comfortable and secure carry experience. By identifying areas for improvement, exploring modification techniques, and enhancing concealment features, you can create a holster that fits you perfectly and provides reliable performance day in and day out. Remember to take your time, experiment with different adjustments, and prioritize safety throughout the customization process. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can transform your holster into the ideal companion for concealed carry.

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