Letters to the Editor

Schooled on guns

The Sept. 2 letter, “Stop the guns”) says that AK-47s are “easily converted to full automatic weapons.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the agency tasked with enforcing all of the federal laws pertaining to firearms. Anyone manufacturing firearms or importing them into the United States must submit samples to their Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD) for testing and approval before manufacturing or importation is allowed to proceed.

ATF does not permit the manufacture or importation of any semi-automatic firearm that is “easily converted” to full automatic. Sales or possession of any easily converted firearms and/or any parts that could be used in such a conversion are treated as if they were full automatic weapons under the provisions of the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA) as Class III firearms requiring a full FBI background check, the signature of buyer’s police chief and payment of a $200 transfer tax. Any violation of NFA, regardless of intent, could result in losing one’s liberty and civil rights.

Daniel D. Shaw, Coral Gables

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