TW 003 - Good Motivation Bad Judgment

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We start with a review of the basic legal definitions from the last episode then we apply them to real world scenarios. First, a primer on the definition of silencers (yes, silencers and not suppressors) and then we explore how products like the SilencerCo Maxim50 and the Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 Pistol were created with good motivation (creative practical application of firearm compliance/legal knowledge) but bad judgment (focusing only on federal law and marketing language that doesn't jive with the legal intent).

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OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

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  • Review of the basic firearm definitions
    • Title I vs Title II firearms
    • No such thing as "Class 3 Firearm"
  • 18 U.S. Code § 921(a)(24) The term “Firearm Silencer” or “Firearm Muffler” means any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for the use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.
    • ALL parts of a silencer are a silencer themselves!
  • SilencerCo Maxim50
    • Not a firearm nor a silencer under federal law
    • Still a firearm under some state laws!
  • Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 Pistol
    • Handgun definition requires intent to be fired with one hand
      • Intent (not use) of second hand makes it an NFA firearm! (AOW)
    • Advertised with intent to be used with two hands. Oops.