Originally Posted by Sooie
well, its somebody elses problem now.
we have a dont ask dont tell policy around these parts. LEOs around here would be more likely to have their picture taken with the cannon as to write up how it was found and mess with paperwork.
i dont know where the hell yall live, but from yalls advice for just about anything i post is to contact the authorities. its not always necessary around here. yeah, if you found a nice SAW machine gun or fully auto AK, then yeah, thats different. but a cannon in this condition, over 50 years old, and been missing since the 60s'/70's, under Arkansas salvage law says its mine. im sure somebody would want it back, but they cant get it back.
i understand the gun law of 34'. thats fine. this thing is in non firing condition. and outta my hands.
time for me to find a new guntalk board.
We were all just trying to help a member avoid making a BIG mistake, due to ignorance of the law.
I was at the Ventura Gun Show a couple of years ago, when something on a table caught my eye. It was a de-milled USGI M14 receiver. Totally stripped, with no parts. Problem was, it had been re-welded into a complete receiver again. I tried to explain to the owner that the BATFE has a policy that goes something like this; "Once a machine gun, always a machine gun". Taking one that had been LEGALLY de-milled by Uncle Sugar, and re-welding it into a (possibly) functional unit again, is NOT LEGAL.
Now if your Pack75 had been a legal de-mil (done to BATFE spec by torch cutting the breech end, removing critical steel and welding shut, etc), then dumped in the river, it would another story. But if it was 100% complete, and had NOT been de-milled prior to dumping it falls into the category of, "Once a destructive device, always a destructive device". Rust, or no rust, the BATFE might not like you having it.
So if you need to find another board to discuss this stuff on, be careful of the advice you receive. I'd bet if you posted that on MilitaryFirearm.com the replies would not have been as nice as they were here.