In a recent article, the website truth about guns revealed a startling fact that has many enthusiasts concerned as they ATF has made the above weapon a classified AOW (Any Other Weapon) which is highly regulated.
Here is an exert from the initial article:
X Products came out with a nifty little device a while back that uses blank 5.56 NATO cartridges to launch soda cans through the air. It was a really cool and fun concept, and we’ve had a blast using it. Apparently the ATF has caught wind of this little ray of fun and sunshine and decided that it must be stamped out at all costs. X Products received a love note from the firearms regulators the other day stating that their product is now considered an “Any Other Weapon,” an item which is highly regulated under the National Firearms Act. The hyper-regulatory brainiacs consider the can luncher a “shotgun” meaning your SBR tax stamp won’t cut the mustard here. In short, anyone who owns one of these things without paying the tax stamp for the privilege may be a felon in the eyes of the ATF. Here’s the letter from X Products . . .
We recently received a complete evaluation from the [ATF] on the legal status of the Can Cannon dated: August 26th, Received September 11, 2015. The evaluation of the Can Cannon as currently produced is in and of itself not a firearm and not controlled, however when placed on a rifle receiver is considered a (SBR) short barrel rifle, and when placed on a pistol (AOW) any other weapon.
We are submitting a revised design to address the issues in the [ATF]’s determination letter. We will update our customers throughout this process.
For any questions or inquiries about this matter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A copy of the determination letter will be available on our site shortly.
X Products LLC
The problem here is that the ATF has defined this item as a shotgun. Since the “barrel” of the gun is smooth instead of rifled (the soda can is the projectile in this case) they can’t call it a rifle so the type reverts to a shotgun.
It is truly alarming when the ATF starts regulating the sale and transfer of soda can launchers. Are they bored or is this a continued sign of stifling over regulation of our rights and freedoms to carry? You decide…