Originally Posted by scld1354
I don't see the explicit requirement that a firearm be at least 50 years old. So then, beginning 1-1-14, a firearm does not have to be at least 50 years old to be eligible as a C&R. This is an excerpt from the BATF:
To be recognized as C&R items, 478.11 specifies that firearms must fall within one of the following categories:
...• Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms are not available except as collector’s items, or that the value of like firearms available in ordinary commercial channels is substantially less.
This last explanation, drafted in the inclusive, "any other," of a statutory provision is highly ambiguous and so broad that it swallows the new California rule. What is novel, rare, bizarre, historical figure, or event? For example, a rare long rifle in some folk's opinion is/are the Finnish Mosin Nagant rifles. For example, a historical figure is medicine man Goyakla, known to the world as Geronimo, and the historical period is his service in the original homeland security fighting against terrorism in the 1880s. His weapons included the 1873 Infantry Rile and lever action rifles. Goyakla in this remarkable photograph
holds a Model 1873 Springfield Infantry Rifle, ramrod and cleaning sticks. Other, from left to right: Yanozha; Chappo (Geronimo;s son); Yanozha's half-brother, Fun. Photographed in 1886 by Camillus Sidney Fly.
IMHO, we should press the State on arms of historic significance, irrespective of age.