Exercising Our Gun Rights

February 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

MP-5 Automatic Machine Gun

MP-5 Automatic Machine Gun

My father-in-law and I decided to take Thursday afternoon and exercise our 2nd amendment rights.  Allen Arms Indoor Shooting Range in Greenville is a great location to go and enjoy a few hours shooting your weapons and working on your aim for hunting.

We continue to hope that our government will continue to protect our rights to bear arms.  Some of the rules being proposed by Bobby Rush would damage this market and our rights.  Some of the bill calls for bullets to be bar-coded so they can be traced back to the owners. Other bills being proposed would outlaw the weapon above, the MP5.  The shear cost for the weapon alone would outlaw it ($17,000+).  But we were doing some research and found what else it would take to purchase this weapon.  We found this on Yahoo Answer’s:

Since the Heckler & Koch MP-5 is a fully Automatic Machine Gun, you will need to order one thru a Class III Dealer, but before that you will need to complete an application for purchase of a machine gun thru BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) You will be subjected to a complete background investigation, and you will be required to submit fingerprints as part of the application process. When and if approved you will in addition also be required to purchase a $200 Federal Tax Stamp. You will then have to figure out where you are going to come up with the cost of the MP-5 itself. They can cost as much as $20,000 and UP, depending on what model and version you choose.

Needless to say, it’s pretty hard to get one with the current process.  Thankfully, to enjoy shooting the weapon, Allen Arms currently rents it for about $20.  Ammunition for the gun was about $12/box of 50.  Needless to say, we only shot it for about 15 minutes, as it gets expensive to shoot.  Overall though, this weapon shoots like a charm.