Just to be clear, I didn't say he was my friend. Also to be clear, you weren't trying to comply with the law. Or rather you did try but failed, and wanted to convince yourself that's good enough. Either way, at this point you're not in compliance and you're aware of that fact. But about my "friend." He was ignorant. And stupid. He had an old shotgun with a damaged barrel and cut it off, either not knowing it was illegal or not thinking it was a big deal, I'm not sure which. But he took it out to shoot it, stopped by a bar on the way home (the really stupid part) and got pulled over leaving the bar. So yeah, if you don't do stupid things your odds of success go way up. But I've also known some stupid and/or aggressive local cops as well as a few feds through the years, and once they're called in it often doesn't matter if you "tried to comply" with the law. You either did or you didn't, and they often don't give a rat's ass what your intentions were or how nice a guy you are.voip-1 wrote: I would love to know if your friend who lost his house over an SBR actually tried to comply with the law as I am trying to do or was simply ignorant of it (unregistered SBR or didn't know he had an SBR, had other Infractions involved, etc) In my experience law enforcement only comes down like a hammer when there is a pretty good reason to do so.
Not exactly. My point was that local cops sometimes don't know federal laws, think all SBRs are illegal, and detention is a possibility regardless. The difference is what happens after that, and NFA laws can be taken very seriously.Ultimately what you are arguing is that there is even a .001% chance of something bad happening, even if that was being detained for a short while then you would personally junk the lower. Fair enough and again that is your propensity for risk. I take the occasional risk in life and would put the "I didn't engrave my NFA item deeply enough" pretty low on the list. Lower than you probably.
Sorry, I didn't intend to be an ass. As I mentioned earlier, I found myself in exactly the same position as you a while back. It sucks, to be sure. There is definitely a letdown when you realize it's not right, and a temptation to say "screw it, that's good enough." Glad you made the decision to have it redone, and I'm pretty sure you will be, too. It's pretty cool when you finally get it all put together and go shoot something that not everyone has. Even better when it's done correctly and you know you're 100% in the right.You made your point quite well without having to be an ass about it.