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Calls for tougher deac law after drug dealer pleads guilty

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:58 am    Post subject: Calls for tougher deac law after drug dealer pleads guilty Reply with quote

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Um, so he didn't reactivate it, he was caught, and moreover plead guilty (which imo it's not clear he was guilty, as the gun could only fire blanks at best) and the law needs to be changed? Why?

Having seen these reports from the FSS, usually what they argue is that by tampering with a deac you are now in possession of the component parts of a firearm, so for example he may have had a working SMG bolt and a few other bits. However from the sounds of it he didn't have a working barrel.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the FSS was going to be wound up. I shan't miss them.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the principle is the same in this case I'm sure, but once again, the person accused plead guilty. He could have argued for example that he made a realistic imitation firearm as it could only fire blanks, which is still illegal under the VCR Act, but manufacture of a realistic imitation is only a summary offence. Possession of a machinegun is a much more serious offence.

Lost count of the number of times I've seen people prosecuted for fiddling iwth a deac and they plead guilty and they shouldn't of done. If you take a piece of scrap metal, fiddle with it, and it's still a piece of scrap metal, my personal view is that you haven't committed an offence.

Depends on just how much you've fiddled with it of course, but I remember one case where the FSS said in their report that by removing a weld on a Bren gun, the accused had enabled them to replace the barrel and bolt with working parts, ergo he was in possession of a prohibited firearm.

I don't think so... and he plead guilty.
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