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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Camp
Citation:343F. 3d 743 (5th Cir. 2003)
Law enforcement had a warrant to search the defendant’s home for firearms, illegal drugs, and drug manufacturing equipment. In this search officers found an electric-operated trigger mechanism. When added to a firearm, behind the original trigger, it supplied electrical power to continue to fire until the shooter released the electric trigger or the ammunition loaded was all used. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) tested the weapon and found that it was capable of firing more than one shot without manually reloading by just pulling the electric trigger. They found it to be a machine gun under the relevant statute. Defendant was charged under that statute but dismissed an after an evidentiary hearing where the district court found that the device did not meet the definition of a machine gun.
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