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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
Staples v. United States
Citation:511 U.S. 600, 114 S.Ct. 1793, 128 L.Ed.2d 608.
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Petitioner possessed an AR-15 semi-automatic, the civilian version of the military M-16 machinegun. Some M-16 parts are interchangeable with the AR-15, and can be used to convert the semi-automatic gun to be fully automatic. Petitioner’s rifle had a metal stop that had been filed away and an M-16 selector switch installed along with other M-16 parts. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) agents suspected the weapon was capable of being fired automatically and seized the weapon. Petitioner alleged he was ignorant as to the rifle’s fully automatic firing capabilities.
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