Friday, November 10, 2006

But Machine Guns Are Not Legal In Washington State

I found this article at the Seattle Times about a gun collector implicated as a material witness in the murder of a federal prosecutor. Near the bottom of the article is this
The gun collector was held for 23 days during which agents searched his Bellevue home. There they found hundreds of legal firearms, including several machine guns. Federal agents seized an M-14 assault rifle they allege was an unlicensed machine gun.
What makes that especially interesting is that machine guns are not legal in Washington State, so how could he have several legal machine guns, which the statement above appears to imply? At least, if it is a real M-14, they got the "Assault Rifle" part right, and didn't refer to it as a nebulous "Assault Weapon."


Blogger EgregiousCharles said...

STILL not right. An assault rifle is a select-fire rifle chambering an intermediate-power cartridge (such as 5.56 NATO or 7.62x39 Russian); the M14 fires a full-power cartidge, the 7.62x51 NATO, so its military designation is automatic rifle. That's why the MP44 firing the intermediate-power 7.92 Kurz was the first assault rifle, rather than earlier full-power automatic rifles like the BAR.

Intermediate power for this means between the power of the full-power rifle cartridges and pistol cartridges that were used in SMGs.

Could be they mean M16, which fires 5.56 and IS an assault rifle.

11/11/2006 5:10 AM  
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11/11/2006 8:21 AM  

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