Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shotgunning applecarts

SayUncle posts a video that mentions the ATF deciding that two shotguns (Raging Judge and a Rossi .410 level action pistol) are not suitable for purchase without some sort of a tax stamp (DD, AOW, SBS, what have you – the source didn’t say).

One of his commenters wonders why the companies bothered, since the laws, and more importantly the BATFE precedents, are on the side of heavy regulation/ban for this class of weapon. I wonder, did one or the other (or both) of the companies device to go after the NFA’34 classifications? (He thinks not, incidentally)

Remember, the core holding of Heller was that “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” The NFA’34 categories block off a large amount of design space either explicitly or via BATFE “interpretation”. The remaining design space has been pretty well worked-over in the years since.

Maybe these companies have decided they want to be the first into a new market space, which is usually a good way to make a lot of money quickly. I don’t know about the financials of either of the mentioned companies, but Taurus supposedly has a blockbuster sales item on their hands with the Judge; maybe they have some money to throw at lawyers. Especially since one of the technical objections I’ve seen leveled at the Judge has been the choice of a rifled barrel to avoid some of the provisions of the SBS/AOW restrictions. If they could put a smoothbore barrel into the Judge, that could only help sales.

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