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  •  Rubber Bullets? (0+ / 0-)

    Might be interesting to see the arguments over allowing the public to purchase rubber bullets (which, admittedly can still be leathal) and strictly regulating metal ammo.

    Rubber bullets would certainly be enough in a home invasion or personal protection arguement -- it's not like they're unable to incapacitate. Shooting ranges would be safer and easier to maintain if everyone was using rubber ammo. While metal roounds used for gaming (hunting/sport) would be regulated.

    Would a gun with rubber bullets (or bean bag, in the case of shotguns) be considered functional? Is there any discussion of that in established law?

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    by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:55:18 AM PST

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    •  I'm not aware of any case law. (0+ / 0-)

      I am,.however, pretty sure that shooting someone with rubber bullets is still considered deadly force, so legally speaking, it's a distinction without a difference.

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      by Leftie Gunner on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 12:24:19 PM PST

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      •  As it should be, but that's different. (0+ / 0-)

        If shooting someone with a rubber bullet allows for the same penalty as shooting someone with a metal bullet, that's the way it should be in my book. They can be leathal, so the law should reflect that fact.

        But, and let's take the extreme example, if the US Government made it illegal to possess metal ammo in this country unless you were a) active military, b) active law enforcement, or c) on a legally designated hunting ground or shooting range rated for metal ammo.

        That means that you could no longer purchase metal bullets over the counter, grossly limiting access to it overall. It would create additional penalties to criminals who use them in crimes. It would provide law enforcement another avenue for prosecution. It would drive the cost of metal ammo on the black market up. It would create an additional layer of regulation to gun market.

        And while I have absolutely no statistics to back this up...I sense that given the relative decrease in leathality between a metal and rubber bullet, it seems quite possible many gunshot victims that have died might not have if they were hit with the latter instead of the former.

        Of course, there is also the flip side, and whether criminals would be more willing to fire a weapon knowing it is less likely to kill (attempted murder vs murder charges).

        But again...that's just talking here. It "feels" like it would help in a lot of ways. It certainly isn't the end-all-be-all answer, but I'd be curious what a deeper discussion would reveal.

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        by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 12:43:38 PM PST

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