Stupid laws abound - usually due to stupid politicians.
I should clarify my earlier post: the MSSA endorsement is for semiauto versions only, such as the semiautomatic Norinco AK-47 clone, semiauto variants on the M16 style, L1A1 (semiauto version of the FAL) - any semiauto that has one or more of the following:
Free standing pistol grip (which our benighted Commissioner of Police is trying to unlawfully reinterpret to include hole-through stocks - a pox on him and his family)
"High capacity" magazine (> 7 rounds centrefire or > 15 rounds .22 rimfire)
So an L1A1 with its 20-round mag, flash suppressor and free standing pistol grip is definitely a Military Style Semi Automatic, and therefore needs more restrictions than a 4-shot .308 semiautomatic rifle with Monte Carlo stock.
Because we all know
that scary-looking weapons are more deadly than "normal" weapons, eh.
The MSSA endorsement ("Category E") allows you to fire those semiautos.
To legally own the fully auto versions of the above, you need a collector's endorsement ("Category C") - which entitles you to buy them, lock them away and never fire them - not even in semi-auto mode.
Seriously, you might as well buy Denix metal reproductions or quality airsoft weapons - they are just as "shootable", cost less and require far less costly security (and no costly licence).
Pistols bought on a collector's endorsement may not be fired at a range.
Some of our weird laws I agree with - like the one that states that if it looks sufficiently like a real firearm and is brandished in that manner, it is treated as a real, loaded firearm - even if it's a Tokyo Marui airsoft.
Certainly the duress the victim feels is the same as with a real weapon (the brandisher is not going to say "hand over your cash, I have a plastic replica.") and at a distance, not even the most eagle-eyed cop/Armed Offenders Squad member is going to be able to tell if it's a toy or the real deal.
So if you do that, expect to get shot by a cop wielding a real weapon. And no sympathy from anyone.
Well, anyone with a few brain cells, anyway.
And one law I like:
We are permitted to manufacture any firearm for which we hold a licence, provided we give it a serial number.
If I had the facilities and skills, I could manufacture a rifle or shotgun. Anyone got scaled plans for a flintlock mechanism?
Firearms have been used in self-defence here, the key points are: the shooter has to reasonably believe their life
(or the life of another) is in imminent danger, there must be no other reasonable courses of action (like fleeing) possible, the shooter must shoot to stop
(not kill) and they'd better have a plausible reason why they had a firearm in a state where it could be readily used.
Even our cops must only shoot to stop.
"Shooting to stop" entails shooting the centre of mass until the person stops.