Toy guns, the 2nd amendment and the ATF. Yes, this is for real!

In the headlong rush of stupidity and maybe not having enough to do(how about keeping an eye on mosques and all the Islamic terrorist doctrine that is spewing from most mosques in the USA?)the ATF and Eric Holder are going after toy guns like 'airsoft' pellet guns that shoot plastic pellets.Apparently, after who knows how much taxpayer money got wasted on this study, the AFT is worried about these 'guns' being converted into machine guns. I am not making this up, as you will discover as you read on.

Fed agencies seize toys, call them 'machine guns'
Bob Unruh

WorldNetDaily. A gun rights organization has launched a Freedom of Information request following a decision by federal Customs and Border Protection agents to seize a shipment of toy pellet guns and a determination by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that they could be converted into machine guns so they must be destroyed.

Government agencies have explained that the Airsoft toys, made of a soft pot metal and lacking a firing mechanism, easily could be converted into a true weapon capable of automatic fire.

"Our firearms technology branch classified this as a machine gun," BATFE Special Agent Kelvin Crenshaw said in a report assembled by Gun Owners of America. "With minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun."

Gun Owners spokesman Erich Pratt told WND today his organization has launched a FOIA demand for information to find out on what basis the government reached that conclusion.

The case stems from the confiscation just weeks ago of the shipment of several dozen of the plastic pellet-firing Airsoft toys from Brad Martin and his son, Ben, in Cornelius, Ore.

An analysis by John Velleco, director of federal affairs for Gun Owners noted that, "To make the transformation, the entirety of the upper receiver would have to be replaced, but the lower receiver would still be unable to endure the intense force of live ammunition because it is made of pot metal (inexpensive alloys) instead of hard steel.

"And all of this work would actually cost more than buying a real – and stable – AR-15 rifle," he said.

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The toys also lacked the orange paint on the muzzle that some classes of toys are required to have, but the Martins confirmed that when that situation had arisen with previous shipments from their Taiwan supplier, they were allowed to paint the ends of the barrels.

A local television station, KOIN, interviewed a specialist in the Airsoft product at issue – which actually can be used by police agencies for training because it does resemble a real weapon although it shoots only small plastic pellets.

Jason Jonah of Andy and Dax Surplus said, "it looks like a gun, but the insides are completely different, the design is different, and the material it's made of is just not strong enough to fire real ammunition."

If somebody tried to fire real ammunition, he said, it mostly likely would blow up the toy.

"The gun would come apart and the pieces fly at you," he said. "If it weren't the ATF making these accusations, I'd laugh, but they must be taking it seriously. In all my years, I've never had anyone talk – even laughingly – about changing these into weapons," he said.

He said it would be about as easy to convert an Airsoft into a real weapon as transforming "your Cuisinart or any other electrical appliance into a real gun.

"It's made of the same plastic or low-quality aluminum as any other appliance. So maybe you turn it into a firearm, but it would be like transforming any other electrical appliance – hiding a gun inside an electrical appliance," he said. Continue reading

Hat tip: TOTUS

3 Comments - Share Yours!:

Ron Russell said...

The guys at the ATF must really be bored and looking for something to do! I have a suggestion--They should do a street sweep in the windy city, plently of illegal guns there on the southside! Thanks for the link buddy.

PatriotUSA said...

Always a pleasure, Ron. Totus is must read for me every day.

The Watts area of L.A. would be a good place to look too. Maybe most of Detroit to toss that one in.

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