January 23, 2008
Posted by scott at January 23, 2008 08:58 AM
Ron gets a no-prize that'll go through a box of bullets at an alarming rate for bringing us news of a .22 caliber rim-fire minigun. While cheap to fire and comparatively lightweight, I can't help but think the ATF has had a lengthy, mind-numbingly bureaucratic discussion with this guy. Can't have the plebes building their own automatic weapons, eh?
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As it turns out, they are being investigated by BATF for something unrelated. I'm not sure on the particulars, but it appears that a replacement part they're selling has some sort of paperwork issue such that they've suspended all sales for the time-being.
But, to own the minigun requires a Class 3 license (probably a collector/dealer license that allows full-auto weapons). That's probably a large enough expense that it'd deter most of us from getting one.
That being said, the government has absolutely no business regulating this sort of thing. If I have no history of actually committing crimes and I want to build or buy a railgun for my personal use, too damn bad. There's no reason they should know, care, nor have any say in it. None at all.
Well, there's always that .50 caliber air rifle the fellow in Alabama came up with.