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  •  shotguns have sporting uses as well as home (1+ / 0-)
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    defense, police and military uses.

    As do most rifles and hanguns though some of the former are only suited to sporting use as are some shotguns.....a 35 pound unlimited Bench Rest rifle is not good for much but sporting use, however, if you want groups under .20 inches they do the job admirably.... same for a compensated long slide 1911 race gun, sporting  yes, other? just too big and bulky to carry.... similar for a $50k Perrazi O/U shotgun, sporting yes other uses not so much........

    My personal opinion is Miller, the case many use to justify heavy control, also wipes out many of the NFA restrictions....As it was based on the lack of military utility of a sawed off shotgun, it seems to me that would ok firearms with military utility, like a 14 inch barrel trench gun or a select fire M-4...... However I think that has about as much chance of passing or holding as a complete ban on semi auto does.

    Maybe I misunderstood your comment?

    Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
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    Emiliano Zapata

    by buddabelly on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 04:45:10 PM PST

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    •  I agree with you on Miller. (1+ / 0-)
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      Miller was rather inconclusive (working from memory here, haven't read to opinion in a long time). It didn't even find that the shotgun was or was not a useful military weapon, it just indicated that since no evidence had been offered to support such a notion, Miller lost the case.

      If one takes that (paraphrased) comment as dictum and concludes that what was being said was that if Miller had shown that his firearm was similar enough to common military weapons, he would have prevailed. That's actually a very scary conclusion - although it is one that might have lead to amending the Constitution to eliminate or alter the Second Amendment which would have pleased some people.

      Oddly Heller found that the Second Amendment includes a right to self defense. If one combines Heller with the RBKA friendly interpretation of Miller, it seems about the only thing that goes boom and that you can carry that could be banned would be those that only had a sporting or hunting use.

      (And, based on your response, I think I misinterpreted your original comment a bit.)

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