The Thing About Firearms Collection
Whether or not you have NFA registered items in your collection, you still must know the law. I had a "bonehead" sell me an original SP-1 Colt carbine during the AWB. He advertised a package deal, the original lower + the original upper and another upper. His ad said a 16" and 18" Colt uppers. He went through his dealer to ship the lower and two uppers to my dealer.
My dealer called me when the package arrived and asked me "What the #*@% was going on?" The other dealer had shipped the second upper attached to the lower with the original upper in the box. The second upper was a 14.5" Colt "M4" upper. The other dealer had shipped to my dealer an unregistered SBR. I contacted the seller and told him he needed to pay to have an extended flash hider permanently attached to the barrel. The seller basically told me to "pound sand". He wasn't going to return any money for anything. I got a "great deal" and should be happy with what I got.
I then contacted the seller's dealer, and told him that he sent my guy an unregistered SBR. My guy was ready to call the BATF&E if this wasn't going to get straightened out. The dealer said he just wrote down the serial # and shipped it off. He said he would talk with the seller and straighten it out. After speaking with his dealer, the seller came around and sent the funds to get the upper fixed. Once that got settled, the seller admitted to me he had another 14.5" Colt " M4" at home. I can just imagine the problems both the seller and his dealer could have had.
It is funny, if you collect stamps and you buy the wrong stamp, you wasted your money. If you collect firearms and collect the wrong firearm you could end up with a $10,000 fine and/or ten years in prison. Even if you aren't convicted, you could spend tens of thousands of dollars on lawyers to stay out of prison. I feel it is imperative that anyone that collects firearms know the law. If they don't, it would be easy to get into all kinds of legal problems collecting the wrong item.