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Originally posted by Wolf321
I have been reading a good deal about some of the latest optics for weapons. Quite often I see restricted for sale to military, government or law enforcement. Is this restriction a company restriction or is there some legal restriction of many of these items, such as night vision, thermal imaging or certain red dot optics?? The same for other items like body armor and tasers.
If there are such laws, where are they coming from? Who and how can they regulate what non-weapon devices a company can sell to private US citizens?
Sniperscopes 468. Any person who knowingly buys, sells, receives, disposes of, conceals, or has in his possession a sniperscope shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. As used in this section, sniperscope means any attachment, device or similar contrivance designed for or adaptable to use on a firearm which, through the use of a projected infrared light source and electronic telescope, enables the operator thereof to visually determine and locate the presence of objects during the nighttime. This section shall not prohibit the authorized use or possession of such sniperscope by a member of the armed forces of the United States or by police officers, peace officers, or law enforcement officers authorized by the properly constituted authorities for the enforcement of law or ordinances; nor shall this section prohibit the use or possession of such sniperscope when used solely for scientific research or educational purposes.
Originally posted by allenidaho
The newest night vision and thermal scopes designed for military use are not available to the public for a good reason. If they were, you pretty much guarantee that the technology would be making it's way to China and a handful of other countries to undergo reverse engineering.
Then you no longer have the advantage on the battlefield.