How did a disgraced airman, convicted by court-martial of assaulting his wife and child, get access to the weapons he used Nov. 5 to commit the deadliest mass shooting in an American house of worship? The short answer seems to be: not legally. But the case of Devin Patrick Kelley, who murdered 26 parishioners before dying of a gunshot in his flipped car, illuminates a confusing tangle of federal regulations that are supposed to keep guns out of domestic abusers’ hands.
Last week, SilencerCo dropped a tantalizing video, showing off their next product: the muzzleloading Maxim 50, a unique weapon that circumvents all suppressor legislation, making it suitable for a simple purchase in all 50 states.
Any good firearms enthusiast knows that fully automatic weapons are heavily regulated in the U.S., making it hard to own anything the federal government might classify as a “machine gun” under the National Firearms Act of 1934. So what’s a marksman to do in those few situations where you really, really need to unleash a hailstorm of bullets with just one squeeze of a trigger?