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Old 09-14-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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I live in Maryland and I am interested in removing the stock on my Remington 870 and turning it into a pistol-grip only shotgun. It currently has a 18 1/2 inch barrel. Is this configuration illegal/classified as an assault weapon or handgun?

Now I don't want to hear any of that banter about how pistol grip shotguns are of no tactical/practical value. I just want to make sure that I don't go to jail for having one.

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I live in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and I am interested in removing the stock on my Remington 870 and turning it into a pistol-grip only shotgun. It currently has a 18 1/2 inch barrel. Is this configuration illegal/classified as an assault weapon or handgun?

Now I don't want to hear any of that banter about how pistol grip shotguns are of no tactical/practical value. I just want to make sure that I don't go to jail for having one.
The barrel is not illegal as far as the federal government is concerned,I believe a shotgun barrel can be as short as 18" and still be owned by a civilian,and is not considered an assault weapon either,but the pistol grip may or may not be considered by your individual state as a pistol.Like for me in Michigan,if I swap out my 870's buttstock for a pistol only grip or folding stock,I have to register it to the state as a pistol,I think some states go as far as saying if it has a normal buttstock that includes a pistol grip it is considered a pistol also.You need to check out your local laws on what is considered a pistol.
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The barrel is not illegal as far as the federal government is concerned,I believe a shotgun barrel can be as short as 18" and still be owned by a civilian,and is not considered an assault weapon either,but the pistol grip may or may not be considered by your individual state as a pistol.Like for me in Michigan,if I swap out my 870's buttstock for a pistol only grip or folding stock,I have to register it to the state as a pistol,I think some states go as far as saying if it has a normal buttstock that includes a pistol grip it is considered a pistol also.You need to check out your local laws on what is considered a pistol.
Thank's for the advice, it sounds too legally fuzzy so I'm going to avoid the hassle and stay away from doing it.

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Now I don't want to hear any of that banter about how pistol grip shotguns are of no tactical/practical value. I just want to make sure that I don't go to jail for having one.
this is from:http://mlis.state.md.us/asp/statutes_Respond2.asp?article=gcr&section=4-201

(g) “Short–barreled shotgun” means:
(1) a shotgun that has one or more barrels less than 18 inches long; or
(2) a weapon that has an overall length of less than 26 inches long and was made from a shotgun, whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise.
(h) “Shotgun” means a weapon that is:
(1) designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder; and
(2) designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore one or more projectiles for each pull of the trigger.


since they are definiing a shortbarrel shotgun using oal i would say prolly not a good idea less its over 26" icould prolly dig further but i would say keep it over 26" should be ok but actually calling your local PD and asking would be a good idea. they cant arrest you for asking...
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I didn't come here for some confuscius-say mumbo jumbo, I came here for an answer that I can use.
Cane was only saying that you're getting into a grey area and that the internet isn't the best place to bank on when it comes to legal issues.

I personally believe a shotgun was intended to be shouldered and it should be left that way. You can turn corners and clear a room just was well with one shouldered as with a pistol grip and maintain better control. not to mention, beat the snot out of someone if you have to.

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