U.S. Citizens Can Buy Machine Guns, Flame Throwers and Grenade Launchers Online
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What types of guns can you purchase online?
Really, any kind. After 10 minutes of searching Google, there I found it. A single website with machine guns, grenade launchers, flame throwers and sniper rifles.
However, online retailers are required by federal law to ship firearms to a local dealer with a Federal Firearm License (FFL). That dealer is responsible for conducting the federal background check and ensuring the paperwork is done.
This is where Armslist.com is different. If Bud's Gun Shop is Amazon, Armslist would be Craigslist. The site hosts classified ads from private sellers enabling the private purchase of weapons.
Once a firearm is sold, the private parties can meet in person for the deal. Many states such as Texas, Florida and Georgia do not require a background check for private sells. Even if the state requires a background check, other arrangements can be made between the two parties - legal or not.
Without a background check, registration process or even an online account, it's possible to purchase these notorious weapons.
Current, real listings on Armslist.com
Sig Sauer Sig MCX - Orlando Shooting
Purchase the Pulse Nightclub shooter's weapon of choice
The MCX is a modern weapon, based on the AR15.
- Comes stock with a 30-round capacity
- Located in Chicago, IL, where high murder rates and state gun laws are frequently referenced
- Shipping is available
Sig Sauer says this weapon is "ready for any mission."
See the Sig Sauer MCX in action.
AR-15 Bump Stock - Infamous from the Las Vegas Shooting
The "Bump Fire" is a conversion kit that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire hundreds of rounds per minute, mimicking that of an automatic weapon.
This is completely legal to own in most states.
The private dealer from Wisconsin mentions in the listing:
"As you know you soon will not be able to buy these stocks. NEW IN BOX Slide Fire Solutions SSAR-15 SBS. $400."
The seller is referencing the media's coverage of the bump fire modification following the Las Vegas shooting. On October 5, 2017 to the public's surprise, the NRA came out in support of banning the product.
The bump fire gained notoriety from the Las Vegas shooting, where the killer legally purchased an AR15 and a bump stop modification to murder 58 people.
As you can see from the video, the bump fire enables a heavy stream of machine gun like fire.
Barrett 82A1 50 CAL BMG
This sniper was originally designed in WW2 to destroy tanks. Booming like a cannon, the rifle is capable of firing up to Mach 3 (3x the speed of sound) and piercing through body armor and concentrate walls.
My first result from my search "Barrett" on Armslist.com generated the powerful, .50 caliber BMG sniper rifle.
The listing was posted by a private seller in Portland, Oregon. The state of Oregon passed legislation in 2005 that requires private sales to perform a criminal background check. However, will this owner comply with the law?
Grenade Launcher - Yugo 59/66 SKS
Finding a gun to function as a grenade launcher was surprisingly easy. Several posts on ArmsList.com advertise the Yugo 59/66 SKS, which has the grenade launcher feature.
The Soviet rifle features "an integral 22mm NATO spec grenade launcher fitting, flip-up grenade and night sights, and a folding 11.5" blade bayonet."
Two listing were selling the XM42 flamethrower, which are legal outside of California and Maryland.
According to XM42's website, "There are generally no restrictions on flamethrower ownership in the United States. It is essentially an “extended-reach torch.”
One dealer selling the flame thrower for $1,199, can ship the weapon directly to a FFL dealer or sell in-person at their Tampa, FL location. My guess is that purchasing in person will result in less paper work...
Autoweapons.com turns up the intensity even higher
The website autoweapons.com proudly sells a variety of grenade launchers, flame throwers, machine guns and sniper rifles.
Purchasing weapons from autoweapons.com is much more difficult than from armslist.com, since autoweapons.com follows federal law. The website uses federal loopholes to sell machine guns and other military weapons. Federal law states machine guns can be transferred by private individuals if purchased before May 19th, 1986. Purchasing a machine gun requires the Class III procedure that takes place through a FFL dealer, requiring the purchase to be approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Interestingly enough, Autoweapons.com provides a FAQ about the purchasing process.
Retro China Lake 40mm Pump Grenade Launcher.
The China Lake Model is a pump-action grenade launcher that was developed by the Special Projects Division of the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), which provided equipment to United States Navy SEALs. You might recognize this gun from the popular video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops."
L-39 20mm "C&R" RATED Anti-Tank Rifle
The L-39 is a gas operated weapon that efficiently served as an anti-tank and anti-helicopter in WWII, capable of tearing through steal and armor from long ranges.
M60E4 Machine Gun
The M60 was developed during WWII and introduced by the Army in the 1950s, effectively serving as a killing machine in the Korean war. The M60E4 that's for sell here is a much improved version of the original M60 and today's most modernized machine gun. It's effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly armored vehicles and boats.