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Old 03-25-2012, 2:30 PM
2nd Shot 2nd Shot is offline
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Exclamation Legality: Import Semi-Auto Shotguns + Magazine Extensions

So I have a USSG imported MP-153 shotgun on the way:

It's a traditionally styled (think 11-87 hunting gun) semi auto that holds up to 5+1 in a tube magazine. OAL and barrel length certainly won't be an issue. No pistol grip, magazine most certainly fixed. I've seen a lot of people install a magazine extension tube (same threads as the 870, 1100, 11-87, etc), and though it would be pretty cool to have a rugged 8+1 any shell length utility gun.

So I looked it up on the Shotgun Flowchart, and that would indeed be a legal configuration - not an AW. Great, but I forgot about the fact that it's imported. 922r says that if you're building or assembling a gun from imported parts that doesn't meet the criteria for "sporting use", that it can't have more than 10 imported parts from such and such a list. But does that apply to a non manufacturer putting a part that requires no smithing on a gun already built?

And does it change when the guns are imported through an FFL 07? Beneli is one good example (Tom Knapp shoots a Benelli with a huuuge extension on it), and USSG is apparently an FFL 07 as well:

So basically:
- Even in CA, an extended tube <10rds doesn't trigger AW status.
- 922r applies to importing guns or building imported parts kits, but unsure if it applies to the owner (non assembler/builder) adding a part to an already imported/built gun without gunsmithing involved.
- Does having an FFL 07 (manufacturer license) import the guns reset its status to equivalent to having been made domestically?
- I assume this question is directly relevant to Benelli/Beretta/Stoeger/Hatsan/Baikal/other shotguns, both high and low end imported to the US.

Last edited by 2nd Shot; 03-25-2012 at 2:34 PM.. Reason: Spelled "Benelli" wrong... Might be a capital offense.
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