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Defensive Use With a NFA Weapon

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2023 1:44 pm
by tonguengroover
I always wonder if you happen to use your NFA weapon, machine gun, SBR or suppressor do the authority's scrutinize your actions more than just using a regular weapon?

Re: Defensive Use With a NFA Weapon

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2023 4:33 pm
by FrontSight
Possibly...

Depending on the state, there are basically 5 conditions you have to meet for a self defense claim in court.

1 – You cannot be the aggressor, or you must be the “innocent party”
2 – The threat has to be immediate
3 – The amount of force you use has to be proportionate to the threat
4 – Some states, duty to retreat
5 – Your conduct has to be reasonable

So the two that “could” become issues are items 3 & 5. If someone shoots a shot at your house, and you melt his car down with a full belt from your M60, something tells me they’re going to have an issue with that.

I don’t think the NFA thing by itself is the issue…that typically doesn’t change the circumstances of a shooting. However if you use of said NFA device is gratuitous or inappropriate, then you’re going to have problems.