“If your semiautomatic rifle breaks or malfunctions you are now subject to prosecution. That is now a sad FACT,” wrote Len Savage, a weaponry expert who runs Historic Arms LLC.
David Olofson, a drill instructor in the National Guard, has been found guilty of illegally transferring a machine gun because, through no fault of his own, his rifle malfunctioned and shot three times.
The rapid firing could not be repeated until “soft primered commercial ammunition” was used, there was no sign of tampering, no one was injured by the firing, and the rifle’s manufacturer had issued a recall notice for this rifle’s tendency to slip into full automatic mode.
The decision is being appealed with the help of the NRA. Hopefully this will not frighten rifle owners into getting rid of their rifles.
Hat Tip: CofCC