By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-
Criminal Use of Firearm Silencers*
Paul A. Clark
Alaska Public Defender Agency
Paul A. Clark has done some long needed research on the illegal and legal uses of silencers, and the theory for criminalizing their possession in the United States. The paper was published in 2007. It is 57 pages long, with the last three pages consisting of end notes and references.
The research was prompted in part by the draconian mandatory sentencing for possession of a silencer during a crime. The crime of unregistered silencer possession warrants a minimum sentence of 27 months in prison. If a silencer is possessed during a drug transaction, the mandatory sentence is 30 years; if the silencer was unlicensed, another 10 years can be added.
The paper is easy to read, although it is in a dry, academic, just the facts, style. The dry style cannot erase the numerous examples of legislative horrors that the author casually mentions. A hunter who made a silencer to shoot pests without annoying the neighbors – over two years in …Read the Rest