AR Or Shotgun for home defense

What could the feds prosecute you on? For the state, do you mean that due to optics a prosecutor may decide to push charges for the use of force when they might not have otherwise because of the perception they cast on NFA items?

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I still haven’t been able to find any medical research showing that auditory exclusion actually protects someone from potential long term hearing damage.

It appears to often, but not always, keep people from noticing how loud the shots are. But that doesn’t necessarily mean their inner ears are not still being impacted by the sound waves. There are plenty of soldiers with long term hearing damage. I suspect that at least some of that damage occurred in stressful combat situations and not just during low stress practice drills.

I value John Lovell’s perspective but I’m not going to bet my hearing on his opinion. I would need to see some valid research from actual hearing specialists.


Optics are not NFA. Suppressors, SBR’s, SBS’s and full auto firearms are. Use of an NFA item in the commission of a crime has federal penalties with minimum sentencing requirements.

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By optics I meant like “the way it looks” to use an NFA item.

So, use of an NFA item in a crime? In other words, if it’s not a lawful act of self defense/home defense, but a crime.

If you use a firearm in a crime you are probably in trouble whether it was an NFA item or “just” a regular Title 1 firearm. I would guess. I’m not a lawyer or anything though.

I’m curious though, do you have any links you could provide for the federal minimum sentencing requirements that a person using a lawfully possessed NFA item for home defense might run into?

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Look up Tom Grieve on utube. He is the lawyer on the USCCA videos and has his own channel.

I have watched a lot of his videos. I don’t recall any talking about mandatory sentences with legally registered NFA items. Do you have the title of the video by chance? He is in a lot

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ohhh I’m going to have to watch that. Thank you!