posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 08:33 PM
reply to post by conspiracyrus
Of course. I have a friend that has half a dozen tax stamps and he holds no FFL.
You can buy grenades, explosives, fully automatic weapons, short barreled rifles, sawn-off shotguns shorter (both of the latter shorter than 16"
barrels, usually) etc. People do all the time with the proper stamps. As far as explosives go it can be prohibitively expensive.
Say you want to own 40mm grenades to be fired out of an M203 grenade launcher. You can have as many as you want...but it's a $200 fee apiece in
addition to the "normal" price.
BUT..thanks to the Hughes Amendment of the FOPA 1986 (widely known as the Machine Gun Ban of 1986) fully automatic receivers (the thing that the ATF
defines as "the gun" while everything else is just parts) manufactured after May 19, 1986 can no longer be transferred to civilians. After that
date any FA weapon manufactured after that date can only be sold to Law Enforcement, Military, or other Dealers with the corresponding FFL...it's
classified as an 07 FFL (I could be wrong on this).
That is why fully automatic weapons are so expensive nowadays. More money is chasing less product. A transferrable Thompson submachine gun can
easily sell in excess of $20-30k depending on condition. Even a Sten Gun smg that probably cost $1 to make back in the WWII era can command prices
of several thousand dollars..just because it was registered with the BATF(E) before May 1986.
[edit on 17-8-2009 by netwarrior]