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Sawed off shotgun

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by IheartGUNS, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. IheartGUNS

    IheartGUNS WaCo Well-Known Member

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    Was supposed to hit up some outdoor shooting awhile back with a friend. I went to his house and he showed me his sawed off sg. I asked if it was legal. He said huh? I went home lol. Anyway he replaced the barrel with a 20in barrel since then. Just wondering if he got busted would I be in trouble too just by being with him??
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Well it is NOT illegal to have a "sawed off shotgun", it is possible to cut them down an still be legal length. It is illegal to have a shotgun with a barrel length under 18" or an OAL of 26" without the proper paperwork.

    You did a smart thing. The situation in which you were caught with an illegal firearm would determine what kind of trouble you would get in. Odds are it would take you a lawyer to attempt to get you out of the situation so even if you win it would cost $$$.
     
  3. sixfoot674

    sixfoot674 canby Member

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    a friend of mine got arrested for the same thing and got 18 months. and cannot own another rifle for 5 yrs and can never buy a handgun. kinda stupid. over a couple inches off abarrel.
     
  4. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    Fixed it for you.
     
  5. waltermitty

    waltermitty seattle Active Member

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    your friend should get rid of the short barrel, too, and not have it sitting around near the shotgun it was removed from
     
  6. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I see another Ruby Ridge coming.

    Yeah if he cut the barrel under 18",he might want to destroy the thing. If not under 16 then he can have it on the gun.

    But as far as you getting in trouble for being at his house with it there? Doubt it,unless he says it's yours lol
    Now out at the pit and you decide to try it out when the sheriff deputy pulls up,that might get you trouble
     
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  7. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    18" for a shotgun!
     
  8. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    I find it ironic that sawing the barrel shorter than 18" on a .410 shotgun could land me in jail and instantly vaporize a lot of my future rights. Meanwhile, I can carry a Taurus Judge in my pocket anywhere my CHL allows. If Taurus had a better reputation I'd probably own one already.

    And don't "fix" this for me. It's exactly what I meant to say.
     
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  9. IheartGUNS

    IheartGUNS WaCo Well-Known Member

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    Nwcid

    Well it is NOT illegal to have a "sawed off shotgun", it is possible to cut them down an still be legal length. It is illegal to have a shotgun with a barrel length under 18" or an OAL of 26" without the proper paperwork.

    I think the barrel was like 14" long.

    waltermitty

    your friend should get rid of the short barrel, too, and not have it sitting around near the shotgun it was removed from

    I have no idea what he did with the shorter barrel. Hopefully he got rid of it.
     
  10. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    The difference it rifled barrel. Put a 16" rifled barrel on a .410 that came with a pistol grip (no stock) and you will be legal.

    Each gun has specific descriptions. Find the description the gun fits and that is what it is. It does not mean it makes sense from a stand point of what you can with them, but it does at least make sense they fit the description.
     
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  11. raisersedge

    raisersedge backwoods Member

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    I thought .410 was a caliber and not a gauge so was not considered a shotgun. Am I wrong I have a snakecharmer that is shorter than 18 inches and a smoothbore.
     
  12. waltermitty

    waltermitty seattle Active Member

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    uh oh ! :(
     
  13. raisersedge

    raisersedge backwoods Member

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    I will have to get it out and tape it. It is a production gun I have had for about 15 years.
     
  14. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Again the definitions of Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, SBR, SBS, AOW, DD, MG, and silencer have nothing to do with gauge vs caliber with the exception of DD, Section

    IF a gun has a smooth bore and is less then 26" OAL or less then a 18" barrel it is an NFA item (unless it is exempt, cant find that list right now). There are some old .38 caliber revolvers that are smooth bore and by definition they ARE AOW's. I do believe most are in the exempt class though.

    I do not know the status of your gun.
     
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    auditrevor salem Active Member

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  16. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Not as a Title 1 firearm because anything over .50 caliber is considered a Destructive Device (DD) which is an NFA item. NFA items are legal in most places but have extra paperwork.

    General shotguns, including rifled barreled 12ga is exempt under the "sporting" clause.

     
  17. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    Actually it is 16" barrel & 26" overall on a Rifle& 18" long barrel & 26" overall on Shotgun
     
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  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the correction.Need the correct info on here.
     
  19. bubbazanetti

    bubbazanetti Corvallis Member

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    Fixed (you need to put 2 spaces at then end of each sentence before starting a new one):

    I know... I'm an azz. ;)
     
  20. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    As I understand it, the issue on the Taurus Judge, S&W Governor & also the .410 derringers is that the barrel (at least 1/2") is rifled, that makes it a handgun, as a shotgun has a smooth bore (as long as it isn't a rifled barrel) heh heh