help -explain Short barrel law ??

help -explain Short barrel law ??

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    help -explain Short barrel law ??

    In Florida ,as I understand it --your CCW allows you to purchase a shotgun --provided that the brrl. is 18 " or more -----if you were to buy a "legal" length brrl....Then can you legally then shorten the brrl.??
    If the answer is no -then to buy a short brrrl -or make one-- you must go through the whole Class III license deal and pay $200---- Is this right ??? ???????? Thanks in advance


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    If it is Legal in your Resident State to do so.
    Additional State & Local Restrictions (if any) WILL apply.

    You can legally shorten any longer shotgun barrel down TO that 18" ATF legal length as long as the shotgun also meets the legal overall length requirement (measured from the muzzle to the butt) which is 26" OAL.

    The shotguns that need to go the $200 transfer tax route are the SBS short barreled shotguns with barrel lengths and/or overall lengths BELOW the ATF legal standard.

    I don't know what additional State restrictions Florida would have (if any) but that above is the Fed standard for legal lengths.

    Call your nearest ATF office (in your home state) and get it all first hand.
    Ask to speak to an agent. My past experiences with them is that they have always been polite, cordial & professional.
    They do not bite - or tap your phone - or send unmarked black helicopters flying over your house.
    They want to help folks that have a desire to comply with the existing firearm regulations.
    They will be happy to give you the exact info that you need to comply with the law for your respective state.

    Addition:
    "Shotguns intended for defensive use have barrels that are as short as 18 inches (457 mm) for private use (the minimum shotgun barrel length allowed by law in the United States without special permits).

    Shotguns used by military, police, and other government agencies are exempted from regulation under the National Firearms Act of 1934, and often have barrels as short as 12 to 14 inches (305 to 356 mm), so that they are easier to handle in confined spaces.

    Non-prohibited private citizens may own short-barreled shotguns (with barrels measuring LESS than 18") by purchasing a $200 tax stamp from the Federal government and passing an extensive background check.
    (state and local laws may be more restrictive)

    Defensive shotguns will often have no buttstock or will have a folding stock to reduce overall length even more when required."
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    Lightbulb FL is a pro gun state.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emjimb View Post
    In Florida ,as I understand it --your CCW allows you to purchase a shotgun --
    Just a clarification here. In Florida, you can buy a non-class III gun of any kind without a permit of any type. As long as you are of age, 18 for long guns, 21 for handguns and not legally prohibited from owning a gun (felon, etc.) and live in the state.


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