The reason full auto guns are expensive is that there are not a lot of them. You can't import them, and you can't make new ones -- at least, not for the civilian market. The supply of full-auto guns that can be legally transferred to civilians is not all that large, and this has the effect you'd expect: automatic weapons are pricy as hell, and getting pricier all the time. And the options are limited; if, for example, you think that FN's P-90 is a nifty weapon and you think it would be cool to own, tough, because you can't buy one. It's too new. I realize that hefty controls on
Unless, of course, you give it the serial number of your registered Mac-10, cut up the Mac-10 so nobody knows it exists, and simply change the make and model of the gun when you submit the transfer information for your newly-made BAR to the ATF.
Of course, that's fraudulent, and illegal as all hell, and it's *insanely* blatant, given the level of scrutiny the ATF gives these things. Right?
Well, no. Despite the fact that these transfers take weeks or months to approve, despite the fact that fingerprint checks are involved, despite the fact that law enforcement checks you out from stem to stern, apparently they don't check that the gun you sell is the same make and model as the gun you bought, because an innocent purchaser who went to every length to comply with the law got a knock on his door regarding just such a BAR he bought in all innocence. Four years ago.
These are the most scrutinized and heavily regulated gun purchases in the country, with hefty taxes to fund said scrutiny and regulation. And the ATF *didn't even notice.* For four years. I feel bad as hell for the innocent gun owner, who's now lost an expensive investment and money for legal fees, but I really wonder what the heck ATF was up to. And how many fraudulent BARs are out there. And how many *legal* guns were cut up so somebody could use the piece of paper associated with them to pocket several extra thousands of dollars per gun. And how many innocent people are facing knocks on the door and visits from the ATF when they're not the ones who did anything wrong.