Originally Posted by amoroque
let me rephrase that. What is the govts reason for that?
The government's usual reason for such silliness is that the only person that would want a flash hider would be some evil right wing militia member. The concept that the shooter might not want his retinas re-arranged by excessive muzzle flash never enters their brains. Why the NY loonies, in particular, prohibit flash hiders is best left to the psychiatrists in the forum.