According to the NRA, the police refused to accept the gun into the gun buyback program and told her to go have it appraised as they figured it was worth 30K or so. Nice to read about honest folks Whit did not take advantage of an unknowing citizen.
The article I read listed it as a Sturmgewehr 44, the original fully automatic assault rifle, so-called. The gun in question was seized up, fully inoperable, there was no 8mm Kurz ammo for it, and yet the police still felt compelled to say what a horrible, dangerous weapon it was.
"Her father passed away. The gun was in her closet," Cavanna said. "She did not know it was a machine gun.
"If the gun had been in the closet loaded, any second you could hit the wrong level and discharge a fatal round," he said of the Sturmgewehr 44.
OK, it's not a "machine gun" and I don't know what "level" you would hit on a rifle (other than the trigger?) to discharge a fatal round.
I was glad to hear they were honest about the history and value of the gun, and that they refused to take it from her. My guess is she'll realize a substantial financial windfall from it. My family is in possession of two different "bring back" guns from WWII and when I think about the personal sacrifice my grandfather made during that time period, I could never bring myself to part with either of them. (As a medic, he took shrapnel in both legs, which caused on-going vascular problems the rest of his life.)
Unfortunately many WWII Curios and Relics are banned. Unless that StG 44 was Registered during the Amnesty December 1- 16, 1968, it is Forfeit and will be destroyed. Just think how much safer we will all be thereafter.
The Sturmgewehr 44 was the first Assault Rifle and is Selective Fire thus coming under the National Firearms Act of 1934. That Federal law was allegedly due to the Bad Boys in Chicago using Thompsons on their enemies. Well, why NOT Punish the BGs and let honest folks own full autos?
Currently, over 300,000 honest folks own full auto (NFA) arms. The ONLY BG was a New Jersey cop who used his full auto arm criminally. Full auto arms DO NOT IMPUTE CRIMINAL INTENT, so what is the problem?
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