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FeebMaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-30-04 01:50 PM
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7. It should be noted
that the reason machine guns are so expensive is that in 1986 Reagan banned future civilian manufacture of machine guns. Any machine gun made after the cutoff date in 1986 can only be transfered to a government agency.

The civilian supply is frozen at around a quarter million machine guns. That's why something like a Sten, which probably costs about $20 to manufacture, will probably easily bring over $1000 on the market today. (I don't own any, so I don't know what they go for these days. It's been almost 18 years, now, since the ban. The prices are going to keep climbing).

Eventually, when the last pre-'86 machine gun breaks, which granted, might take a hundred years or more, civilian ownership of machine guns will effectively be banned completely.
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