It was probably a case of ignoring the misdemeanor when prosecuting a felony -- if he had used a proper handgun, shotgun or rifle they could have charged him with the discharge of a firearm within city limits (assuming that's where he was, exceptions for self-defense not being applicable in this case).
To be legal, he would have had to take the lawnmower out into the countryside (in a non-incorporated area), on land where he had permission to shoot (his own land, a friend's land, or public land), and (as you said) used a proper handgun, rifle or shotgun.
The 1939 law requiring federal registration of shotguns with a barrel less than 18" is silly, but they had to give federal agents _something_ to enforce after Prohibition was repealed.
Originally posted by David O'Meara: I don't think Elvis was charged with shooting his car.
Well, at the time he lived there, I don't think Graceland was within the Memphis city limits. Or, it could simply have been a case of celebrity priviledge. (Celerbrity to cop: "You give me a pass on this, and I'll allow you a few moments of quality time with me.")
These Gun Rights do as much bad as they do good,like a burglar can slit a throat to end life and a doctor can permform a surgery to save a life with same knife. Its very difficult to frame laws which can be controlled and serve all good purpuse.
[ July 30, 2008: Message edited by: Raghunandan Mamidala ] [ July 30, 2008: Message edited by: Raghunandan Mamidala ]
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Originally posted by Raghunandan Mamidala: These Gun Rights do as much bad as they do good,like a burglar can slit a throat to end life and a doctor can permform a surgery to save a life with same knife. Its very difficult to frame laws which can be controlled and serve all good purpuse.
No, we cannot legislate "God's Kingdom of Heaven Here on Earth" into existence. There is no freedom or power in the hands of people or rulers on earth that cannot and has not been abused. There is no effective medicine that cannot be used to sicken or injure people. And I've heard that doctors make powerful drugs, I think for heart patients, out of rattlesnake venom.
subject: It's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want