Apparently they don’t have enough to do with their time, what with chasing down illegal aliens and catching drug smugglers, so now U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have decided to stop the flow of toys into the country.

Recently, officers from those two agencies seized a shipment of toy Airsoft pellet guns, claiming that they could be turned into machine guns. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), long known for their abuses of honest gun dealers and gun owning citizens, decided that the toy guns should be destroyed.

The bureaucrats claim that the toy guns, which do resemble real rifles of the sort that the media likes to call “assault weapons,” but are made from cheap pot metal and fire soft rubber pellets, could easily be converted into machine guns.

Of course, they ignored that fact that the only way to do so would be to completely rebuild the guns with actual hard steel upper and lower receivers, no simple task, and one that would cost more than actually buying a real firearm, or building one from parts which are easily obtainable at any gun show. Anything less would result in an explosion of the toy gun that would hurt anybody trying to shoot it, or who was standing nearby. In fact, the safest place to be in such a situation would probably be right in front of the gun’s muzzle.

One firearms expert pointed out that the toys are made of the same plastic or low-quality aluminum as any other appliance and said that maybe you could turn one into a firearm, but it would make as much sense as transforming any other electrical appliance into a weapon.

This may sound like typical bureaucratic stupidity that will soon pass, but the truth is that if they are allowed to get away with this, it sets a precedent that would allow the BATFE to declare any semi-automatic firearm a potential machine gun. That would include semi-auto handguns that many of us own for self-defense, semi-auto hunting rifles, and popular firearms such as AR-15s and other so called “assault weapons.”  Almost any of these can be converted into full automatic by a skilled gunsmith.

For that matter, given enough time and money, I could mount a cannon on the roof of my motorhome, weld steel plates onto the sides, and make my own tank. I wonder how long it will be before the Feds are raiding RV dealerships confiscating Winnebagos?

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3 Comments on Our Tax Dollars At Work

  1. concerned in California says:

    Don’t forget to beef up the Winnebago suspension first, before you mount the canon on your roof. Oh, and one more thing, you can probably turn the roof top satellite receiver into a laser guided weapons system.

    Once you are so equipped you are ready to do battle against those low-slung cars with dark windows and stereo systems that play so lood that you can feel the vibrations as they pass by.

    Go get ’em, Tiger

  2. Nick, I’m not a gun guy at all, so I’m not the one to take you to task on this, but I do believe you are painting with a broad brush when a thinner line would do the job. We do agree that bureaucratic agencies don’t use a broad brush sometimes, choosing instead a spray gun that covers far more than they really need to cover. Banning certain toys is dumb – parents should be the ones watching what kind of toys their children are attracted to.

  3. Bill B says:

    Jerry – this probably falls into the “using a fire hose to put out a kitchen match” category. Applying the same logic, we will no longer allow iron gas pipe, 1/2″ or smaller, to be imported due to it being able to be converted to a zip gun.

    While we are at it, I think that we should register all pipe, large and small. Large pipe could be used as a (dare I say it??) bomb. Especially if it is filled with an explosive gas, like say propane.

    Sorry Nick, I agree with you that there are many more places the government should be concentrating. They’re worried about toys and (yeah, I know, it is the FDA not Customs) bringing in poison food products.

    By the way Nick – mmm Stripes?? – Bill Murray – Urban Assault Vehicle – Cold war – invading Hungary??

    LOL, So that is why you and Terry bought the Winnie.

    Dumb all over.

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