Why are sawed off shotguns illegal?
But just why are sawed off shotguns illegal?
There are various kinds of weapons in this world, all with their own firing style and accuracy. You may be a gun collector, or you may be a hunting enthusiast – it doesn’t matter. At this point, you view guns like Pokemon: you gotta catch them all.
And the golden egg here is the sawed-off shotgun, very powerful and very easy to conceal. The problem? These guns are illegal. Sure, there may be some states in which they are legal – but most of the time, they are only intended for the military force and the police.
Sawed-off shotguns have a much smaller velocity of the muzzle, as compared to a normal shotgun. This makes them very effective to use in the short-range, but at the same time, also gives them a wide spread.
These weapons are compact, powerful – but most importantly, deadly. They are perfect to use in restricted places, which makes them a favorite of the military and other law intervention teams. If they need a breaching gun to get through doorways, this is often their weapon of choice.
Still, the problem with these guns is their exact advantage: they are deadly. The bullet goes out much faster from a sawed-off barrel as compared to a regular-barrel one. According to the NFA Act of 1934, shotguns should be a minimum of 18 inches – which definitely won’t happen with a sawed-off shotgun.
These shotguns are also very easy to conceal – which makes them even more dangerous. The U.S. has certain laws to protect against concealable firearms in an extreme scenario, and the sawed-off shotgun does not make the cut.
With that in mind, it’s not the gun itself that’s illegal; it’s obtaining and keeping it that might strike a problem. Certain police or military forces may be allowed to have one – but as a random citizen, it’s just too dangerous.