1928 Thompson Found Behind Closet
Posted 13 April 2005 - 11:25 PM
Hey other Ron, can you pull some strings on info on this one...wink!
You guys knew I was good for something,
Posted 14 April 2005 - 12:39 AM
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Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:23 AM
Dear Mr. Hosey,
Thanks for the interesting article.
What a shame that the laws of your state AND of this country do not allow Mr. Mays to keep his find. I would estimate the gun in question to be worth well over $20,000.00.
There are those of us (I know some will think us nuts) that enjoy collecting this type of firearm. The story of the legislation that infringes on our Second Amendment rights to do so is very long and complicated. Simplifying the whole story, with the passage of the “Firearms Owners Protection” act of 1986; federal law under section 922 makes it illegal for any one to “register” a machinegun. At the last minute, before the final vote, section 922 was attached to the Firearms Owners Protection Act by the rabid anti gun Senator Huges (D. NJ). in an attempt to kill the legislation. Amendment 922 was passed on a very questionable voice vote and since those in control were primary anti gun leaning, the amendment was added to the legislation.
Even though the chances of Mr. Mays using this gun in a crime is next to nothing and even though this guns value is in excess of $20,000.00 the only thing he can do with it under federal statue is to turn it in to a Government agency or have it made inoperable (value destroyed) by approved ATFE procedure.
How does all of this affect you or your readers? Even though it’s unlikely you or your readers will ever find a machinegun in a wall or under the floor or in the attic, the same laws that apply to Mr. Mays apply to you.
Pike Road, AL. 36064
Posted 14 April 2005 - 10:35 AM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 06:35 PM
In the name of safety
Posted 14 April 2005 - 07:36 PM
At an old printing company here in New York over on Canal street, west side, we had gone over to check on a big old offset press someone was giving away, just take it apart and get it out kind of thing, a few years ago.
It was in great shape, clean, aged back from the twenties... a big old proofing press. We skipped on it, too damm big, but the owner told us a story that in the early 60's, they had some trouble with the inking system on it and tore down one end of it. This involved scraping away 30+ years of caked on dryed ink to get at where the rollers meet the frame. During the process one guy could not figure out what the hell he was uncovering from ink that was 2-3 inches thick, until it came lose from the inside press cross rail. It was a frigging Thompson! The only thing the guy could tell me is that one of the workers took it home to clean up. He never saw it again and lost track of the guy over the years too. I pressed him on how he knew it was a Thomson, and he said "it had that Tommy gun front handle" and that "someone must have stuck it there and forgot about it" ( on purpose?). Sounds like someone has a nice Colt stashed in an attic somewhere today!
Hmmm, 30 years, encased in "Cosmoline" like ink...could have been nice!
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:31 PM
As for the guy in ILL., he may not get the Thompson, but at least he can try to track down the history and maybe get a lot of good pictures. This would be a great episode for the TV show., "If Walls Could Talk" or "Things that go Rat-a-Tat in the Night"
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:59 PM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:26 PM
|QUOTE (Warden @ Apr 14 2005, 08:59 PM)|
|If this was to happen, it would set a precident in Illinois, and maybe this state would then be among the lawful full auto states as are Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arizona and all the rest. I would like to see that happen.|
Don't hold your breath.
More than likely the gun was never properly registered in accordance with the NFA. If it was never registered it can't be returned even in a deactivated state.
Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:46 PM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 10:27 PM
well at least will county has it now..............it was in good shape. take care,ron
Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:24 AM
Sheriff Kaupas said.....""shoots real sweet" and he wants to keep it with the department for "posterity's sake.""
What a self serving a h*le !
Funny the sheriff can purchase a Thompson all day long for about $500 for "posterity's sake". And he wants to deny this good citizens deed and keep it from him.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:32 AM
|"I've been calling around about it, and it's worth a lot of money," Mayes said. "(A Florida gun dealer) said $10,000 would be the lowest."|
Obviously he contacted John Thedford--NFA SALES / Florida, Ol' Mr. 50%
|that gun was sold i am sure about 15 year's ago. a 1928 military if it is the same one.|
If it's this gun then it could be registered.......