March 09, 2010

Agents of Incompetence, Part II

U.S. Customs inspectors and BATF agents claim that a shipment of Airsoft guns are machine guns, because of a BATF determination that claims that these toys can easily be modified into automatic weapons.

In the second installment of Agents of Incompetence, two teams of experts take the BATF determination apart:

In short, the gunsmith determined that the entire upper receiver would have to be replaced by an upper from a real M4/M6 type rifle to have a hope of functioning, and a trigger pack from a real M4 would have to undergo extensive modification to even fit. And even when modified to fit, it wouldn't fire. If this gunsmith is correct, then all the effort to take a $400 toy and $600-plus of real gun parts plus significant labor from a proficient gunsmith would result in a thousand-dollar club less functional than the original toy...
Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 9, 2010 08:17 AM

Just a point of order, there is no such thing as U.S. Customs, the inspection function of U.S. Customs and the INS was combined and replaced with Customs and Border Protection, and the title is CBP Officer, not inspector. BATF is now BATFE, but they are the same bozos.

Posted by: Federale at March 9, 2010 11:38 AM