My nephew sawed off the plastic stock on his youth 22lr, can he go to jail?
It looks like a really long pistol now.
He said it helps him to fire faster target shooting and move around.
Does he need a tax stamp? Can he do hard time if caught with it even at home?
He is over 18.
It is still 28 inches exactly.
Are you sure, because an off duty cop said it is a federal crime to alter or tamper with any firearm.
- daniel gLv 73 weeks ago
And now he can't hit shiit with it and wonders why.
- GlacierwolfLv 74 weeks ago
If it was a crime to tamper with a firearm - then the millions and millions of people who own custom modified guns would be in jail. Duh.
- 4 weeks ago
As long as the barrel is over 16in and the overall length is over 26 you should be fine.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 74 weeks ago
A rifle must have a minimum length of 26 inches. If his gun is now shorter than that, he has made it an illegal firearm. No, it is not a pistol with a long barrel, it is a rifle that is in violation of law. A tax stamp is not available because of the way he went about it. To give you an idea of how much trouble he can be in, read up on Andy Weaver. He made a shot gun a bit too short in the barrel and he ended up having the ATF and FBI shoot up his cabin, kill his wife and kid. Your nephew needs to buy a new stock and put it on the gun. Or simply destroy the gun.
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- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Plastic stock? You sure it wasn't a BB gun?
- Russ in NOVALv 74 weeks ago
Yes, he could get in trouble, but it is kind of a grey area.
First, it is absolutely not a federal crime to generally alter or tamper with a firearm. People alter their firearms in many ways, including changing buttstocks, triggers, handguards, even barrels. That is one of the reasons the AR-15 is so popular.
Second, if the barrels is still > 16" and AOL > 26", then it is not a pistol or an NFA weapon. A rifle is defined as any firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder (i.e. has a buttstock), so it is not a rifle anymore either. It is technically just a "firearm" with no further designation.
OK, so let's first talk about his age. While he could go into a store and buy any rifle at age 18, he could not legally purchase the firearm that he has made from an dealer until he is 21. The universal age to purchase firearms is 21, with a special exception that 18 year olds may purchase long arms (i.e., rifles and shotguns). That could be a red flag right there, particularly depending on his age and your state's laws.The NFA has the term/phrase "weapon made from rifle", which refers to a rifle that was converted to a short barreled rifle (SBR) or a pistol (i.e., the dimensions limits mentioned above are violated), both of which are illegal unless a form 1 is approved and $200 tax stamp paid. There is, however, not a lot of info regarding the legality of turning a rifle in to a non-NFA, non-pistol firearm. He may be OK legally, but that doesn't mean a cop who is not up to date on all the nuances of firearms laws, won't give him a very hard time.
- 4 weeks ago
No Gary, you don't have a nephew, you're a liar.
- BBeanLv 74 weeks ago
I guess it takes a little knowledge to ask some questions. Since you updated....no! 26 inches is minimum overall length. Yeah, he has 2 more inches left. Saw it again and your nephew has one foot in a jail cell and the other on a banana peel.