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    It seems that according to the penal code, firearms are devices which use an explosive or some kind of combustion to accelerate a projectile. A rail gun uses electromagnets. So a rail gun isn't a firearm, and isn't subject to any restrictions that a firearm is. Objections?

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    no objections what-so-ever. I have built many rail guns and I would go to court any day to uphold that a rail run is NOT a firearm by CA penal code definition. Granted, I live in Nevada so it'sa non-issue over here.However, be carefull with this one because if you did bring it up, that might be one more restriction they want to add to the penal code...

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    bigtoe416 wrote:
    It seems that according to the penal code, firearms are devices which use an explosive or some kind of combustion to accelerate a projectile. A rail gun uses electromagnets. So a rail gun isn't a firearm, and isn't subject to any restrictions that a firearm is. Objections?
    May not be a firearm, but there may be other codes that apply. Switchblades for example; not firearms but still require a permit to possess. I'd take a hard look at the codes before I put anything to the test.

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    Please DO NOT build rail guns at this time. There is not a definitive right to build rail guns at this time. Wait 7 months...or is it 7 years...or, well whatever. Sorry couldn't help myself.
    "Why should judicial precedent bind the nation if the Constitution itself does not?" -- Mark Levin

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    I believe the phrase is Two Weeks™.

    coolusername2007 wrote:
    Please DO NOT build rail guns at this time. There is not a definitive right to build rail guns at this time. Wait 7 months...or is it 7 years...or, well whatever. Sorry couldn't help myself.
    Gun control isn't about guns -- it is about control.

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    Yeah, but rails make my legs looks stiff, like Frankenstein.

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    How big is the holster?

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    Rail gun:


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    N6ATF wrote:
    Rail gun:
    That would need the hides from a herd of cattle for a holster. Good luck finding a belt to put it on.

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    And I thought a cop was too heavy to carry
    A citizen may not be required to offer a ―good and substantial reason-- why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right‘s existence is all the reason he needs.

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