How Many People are Taking A Couple Inches Off Their Barrels To Get A Tax Stamp To Avoid The Gun Ban? A local news show did a story on a machine shop that was converting any rifle to a short barreled riffle in compliance with the class 3 laws, to get around a possible gun ban. The owner quit his other full time job because he has so many orders for business he could not keep up at part time. He is also opening another custom shop in another town. Is this a good idea, to buy the tax stamps to beat the feds at their own game? I already have a 14.5" barrel on an AR with a soldered on long flash hider. A regular flash hider would be an easy upgrade to class 3 if I did the paperwork first and paid the ransom of $200.