Hey. Glad I could join the party late.
So here is my take. Please correct me if I get anything wrong in the assumptions.
1) The gun in question is a Chinese SKS that is probably pre -ban. It would be in your best interest to try to find out if that is correct. Because if it is pre-ban, then nothing else matters. Its not an AW and you can put whatever you want on it. (The SKS is not named in the text of PA 13-3)
2) If the gun is post ban, then we get into feature counting. But again, this shouldn't matter since an angled foregrip is not a pistol grip. If the gun was legal without it, its legal with it. If the gun was illegal before its installation, its still illegal.
Bottom line is the AFG will not change the status of the firearm under any circumstance I can come up with.
p.s. Text of PA 13-3: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/S/2013SB-01160-R00-SB.htm
hit <ctrl> <F> to bring up a page search box and search on "avtomat" and it will bring you to the list of guns banned by name.
Here is a link to a state police document that explains that pre-94 ban guns are not AWs, even if they are named.
Our attorney at CT carry actually read it a bit differently. She felt that pre-ban guns were not AWs UNLESS they are named. But either way. If the state police says they aren't AWs, then we can all proceed with that.
Look at it this way. A state police opinion had no weight of law. So if they say something is illegal and you ignore it, you can be arrested, but their opinion will have no bearing on if you are acquitted or convicted.
However, if they say something is legal, and you use that guidance, even if its wrong, you are squeaky clean. So the bottom line is that if you can make your own legal judgements, its not unreasonable to cherry pick police legal opinions.
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[/U][/B][/FONT]He gave his name but I wasn't sure if it is cool to post that so I took it off for now. It seems like it should be fine but I just took it off to be safe.
I know this is not a legal guarantee but it's something to go on. Like I said before, the law is very vague and this is at least a statement from the SLFU that says it doesn't seem to meet the definition of a pistol grip.
I replied with a little more details, we'll see if he responds with anything further.
POST HIS NAME.
Was it Det.Kenneth J. DaMato of the SLFU, Shield #615, [email protected]
Yes, his letter is a pretty rock solid legal guarantee. It demonstrates that you exercised due diligence and regardless of any disclaimers, the DESPP led you to believe that the firearm was pre-ban.
JUST DO IT!!!!. Seriously. You are so squeaky clean its not funny. This kind of afraid of your own shadow way of doing things is exactly what they want to happen.
Remember, our law is based on English Common Law. Laws don't grant rights. They limit them. If something is not explicitly prohibited, then it is allowed.
Also, the laws that relate to this are not vague like you say. If there is something that seems vague to you, please bring it up so we can hash through it.
Don't become like these MA people parsing every comma trying to come up with a way to imagine a one in ten million chance where they could get in trouble. If that is how you think, stick with single action revolvers and bolt action rifles.
Again, just do it.
Please don't take any of this as an intent to demean or offend. I just get so frustrated at what PA 13-3 did to the ability of CT residents to exercise their 2A rights. Prior to the passage of this post Newtown law, you could pretty much do anything you wanted in CT provided that you had a pistol permit, and were wiling to spend a few bucks.