12 ga rifled slugs

Discussion in 'Legal and Activism' started by 753X0, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. 753X0

    753X0 New Member

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    All right I know this a stupid question.
    If rifles are limited to .50 cal., Why are 12 ga. slugs, especially when fired through a rifled barrel, (approx), .75 Dia. legal??
     
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  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Because ATF gave a varience to shotguns. The primary use of a shot gun is to propel shot. Even though they are larger than the allowable 1/2 inch bore they are primarily scatterguns. Please hush up so ATF does not find a way to tax rifled 12 Ga barrels as Destructive Devices.
     

  3. 753X0

    753X0 New Member

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    OK, now I understand what's going on.
    Lips sealed, key thrown away!

    ETA: Robo please kill this thread.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    No need. They are fully aware of the implications of their variance. Very few rifled barrel shotguns have more than 5 rounds of capacity and their range is limited. With the vast majority of shotgun slugs being nearly pure lead, they do not have the penetration of a 20mm cannon or the destructive ability of a 40mm grenade launcher.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Same reason that a .600 Nitro Express is not classed as a "Destructive Device". It is generally recognized as having a "sporting purpose", which is what kicks in the exception under the NFA.
     
  6. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In 1994 the ATF re-designated three shotgun models as destructive devices under the "sporting purposes" clause of the gun control act of 1968.

    ATF Online - Press Release - End of registration period for unregistered USAS-12, Striker-12, and Streetsweeper