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Well, that’s messed up

Someone rigging guns to kill the owners:

A bad prank, a booby trap, or a strange set of circumstances? These photos are of a shotgun purchased online and shipped to a dealer in VA. The BATFE was notified when it was realized the receiver was modified to hold a pistol round aimed at the person firing the weapon. The weapon was loaded with a .380 ACP round. The trigger group obscured the round until the weapon was broken down for inspection. When chambering the shell the weapon would be cycled with the slide action bar coming into contact with the primer on the pistol round pointed at the shooter. It had marks from being struck but the round did not discharge. Had it fired it was aligned with the top of the pistol grip stock and would have possibly struck the shooter in the face. This is obscure but still a little scary.

Pic at the link.

6 Responses to “Well, that’s messed up”

  1. Ellen Says:

    Probably a gun safety activist hoping to provide a Horrible Example and kill a gun-user at the same time. Two birds with one stone.

  2. Miles Says:

    Well, there’s this to say about all the Federal record keeping requirements of GCA’68.

    The person who sold the shotgun is well documented and certainly going to have a real interesting time while being processed (fold/spindle/multilate) through the justice system even if found not guilty.

    I wonder if double jeopardy applies to the different states where this booby trap was made, delivered and to the interstate shipment?

  3. Publius Says:

    I can’t speculate as to what laws may or may not have been broken here (although I can’t actually think of any), but surely there is a return address or some kind of information on the sender here. This seems mean-spirited (if indeed the sender knew about it) and dumb.

  4. Leatherwing Says:

    Only speculation, but I wonder if it was someone that built a booby trapped gun in case of home invasion (let the thief grab the obvious-but-rigged gun while I grab the good one?) But after that person died, no one knew what had been done and the guns were sold. No way to really know until investigation is over.

  5. Will Says:

    A potentially lethal booby-trap? You’re screwed. Wouldn’t matter how righteous the incident was, long prison stay would most likely be the result. Courts have ruled that NO remote means of deliberately harming transgressors is acceptable.

  6. Paul Koning Says:

    What sort of moron would use the word “prank” in an article describing an attempted murder?

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