Be careful out there: a Potato guns is now a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Be careful out there: a Potato guns is now a Weapon of Mass Destruction

This is a discussion on Be careful out there: a Potato guns is now a Weapon of Mass Destruction within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; That's right. Here is the specific law: 18 USC § 2332a(C) Definitions. For purposes of this section . . . . . . (2) the ...

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 43
Like Tree14Likes

Thread: Be careful out there: a Potato guns is now a Weapon of Mass Destruction

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array Jemsaal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    az
    Posts
    748

    Be careful out there: a Potato guns is now a Weapon of Mass Destruction

    That's right. Here is the specific law:

    18 USC § 2332a(C) Definitions. For purposes of this section
    . . . . . .
    (2) the term “weapon of mass destruction” means—
    (A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title;


    18 USC § 921 - Definitions

    4 The term "destructive device" means—
    (B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which the Attorney General finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; and
    (C) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in subparagraph (A) or (B) and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.

    There is however, this caveat:

    The term “destructive device” shall not include any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon; any device, although originally designed for use as a weapon, which is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device; surplus ordnance sold, loaned, or given by the Secretary of the Army pursuant to the provisions of section 4684 (2), 4685, or 4686 of title 10; or any other device which the Attorney General finds is not likely to be used as a weapon, is an antique, or is a rifle which the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational or cultural purposes.

    So in short, it's up to the AG to determine whether you intended your potato gun to be a weapon or a recreational device.

    LOVELY.
    darbo likes this.


  2. #2
    VIP Member Array BugDude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Under a Volkswagen somewhere in Florida
    Posts
    9,452
    Gee, thanks. Now they're gonna have to ban potatoes.
    Know Guns, Know Safety, Know Peace.
    No Guns, No Safety, No Peace.

  3. #3
    Distinguished Member Array Arborigine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Calaveras County, California
    Posts
    1,964
    Mine is pneumatic. No explosive, just compressed air. Better range than those pop-guns
    I don't always have nothing to say, but when I do, I post it on Facebook.

  4. #4
    VIP Member Array Kilowatt3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    SW Louisiana
    Posts
    3,082
    Quote Originally Posted by Arborigine View Post
    Mine is pneumatic. No explosive, just compressed air. Better range than those pop-guns
    AIR could be considered an "other propellant"!!!
    darbo, msgt/ret and dukalmighty like this.
    Regards,
    Jim
    NRA Life Member
    Charter Member (#00002) of the DC .41 LC Society - "Get Heeled! No, really!"
    He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave. - Andrew Carnegie

  5. #5
    Moderator
    Array RETSUPT99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    45,523
    I'm gonna' have to switch from regular caliber potatoes to the small caliber reds...
    The last Blood Moon Tetrad for this millennium starts in April 2014 and ends in September 2015...according to NASA.

    ***********************************
    Certified Glock Armorer
    NRA Life Member[/B]

  6. #6
    VIP Member
    Array ANGLICO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    I'm the guy next door that is polite, but does not tell you crap.
    Posts
    4,013
    I love building Potato Guns. Bummer.
    Socialism Kills! Time proven, with a very large body count! We are a Constitutional Republic....... not a Democracy, get it correct!

    Don't be mistaken for a Gecko45: http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/

    Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14qTdp-Dd30

    ANGLICO Images

  7. #7
    Distinguished Member
    Array Str8upguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,651
    This doesn't cover new potatoes, does it. You know the little red ones? Gosh, I hope not. I just bought a whole bag of them. Do I need a permit or will my ccp cover it?

  8. #8
    VIP Member Array shadowwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Ghost Ridge USA
    Posts
    2,325
    Shoot shredded taters only

  9. #9
    Senior Member Array dV8r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    876
    Wow! A run on potatoes could cause a famine!
    LEARN something today so you can TEACH something tomorrow.
    Dominus Vobiscum <))>(
    Where is the wisdom that we have lost in knowledge?" T.S. Elliot

  10. #10
    VIP Member Array Yoda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    East Texas
    Posts
    2,783
    Compressed air bean bag launcher, for launching a rope.

    Compressed air launchers do not fall under this rule.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Yoda, I am, yes.

  11. #11
    VIP Member
    Array ppkheat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    4,212
    I just got back from my LGS and the shelves of potatoes were empty........I'm already behind the panic buying.
    darbo, Sig35seven and oldnfat like this.
    Turn the election's in 2014 to a "2A Revolution". It will serve as a 1994 refresher not to "infringe" on our Second Amendment. We know who they are now.........SEND 'EM HOME. Our success in this will be proportional to how hard we work to make it happen.

  12. #12
    VIP Member Array high pockets's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Georgia for now
    Posts
    5,027
    If you attach a line to your potato, it becomes a legal, "line throwing" device!
    msgt/ret and pgrass101 like this.
    "If you make something idiot proof, someone will make a better idiot."

    - Anon

  13. #13
    Senior Member Array Jemsaal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    az
    Posts
    748
    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    If you attach a line to your potato, it becomes a legal, "line throwing" device!
    In all seriousness, I just may try that. Just to watch it . . . that and I'll save on potatoes.

  14. #14
    VIP Member Array Ghost1958's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    6,646
    Wonder how potato cakes would be classed???
    " It is sad governments are chief'ed by the double tongues." quote Ten Bears Movie Outlaw Josie Wales

  15. #15
    VIP Member Array paaiyan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    2,129
    I'm going to tip my hand at what a weird kid I was, but let me find a letter....

    Here it is: Legal issues - Spud Wiki

    I used to be an active member of SpudFiles. That letter from the ATF was procured by a member there, exempting potato guns from the destructive device language. Now, granted, a lot of the members there have gone way, way beyond the old PVC or pipe and hairspray. A lot of these guys build hybrid cannons that rival the power of a .50 BMG through use of pressurized flammable gasses and burst discs.
    My blog

    WARNING: This post may contain material offensive to those who lack wit, humor, common sense and/or supporting factual or anecdotal evidence. All statements and assertions contained herein may be subject to literary devices not limited to: irony, metaphor, allusion and dripping sarcasm.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

are potato guns illegal in colorado

,

are potato guns illegal in massachusetts

,

are potato guns illegal in missouri

,

are potato guns legal in colorado

,
are potato guns legal in ga
,

are potato guns legal in georgia

,

are potato guns legal in massachusetts

,

are potato guns legal in michigan

,

are potato guns legal in missouri

,
massachusetts potato gun laws
,

potato gun destructive device

,
potato gun laws massachusetts
Click on a term to search for related topics.