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Response to article published Oct. 26, “Illegal machine guns found in Truckee home,” by Robyn Moormeister: There are several incorrect statements in the article that I just can’t let go by without trying to set the record straight. The article stated that one of the weapons found was a Browning Model 1919 machine gun. The correct designation is, “Model 1919A4 30 caliber.” The article states that the Browning is an anti-aircraft machine gun. This is incorrect. The 1919A4 30 caliber was an infantry support weapon; its range is insufficient to be considered an anti-aircraft weapon. The article states that it takes more than one person to carry it. This is incorrect; the weapon’s weight is about 30 pounds without the tripod. The gun was carried by one person and can be fired by one person.

Finally, the article states that a machine gun is illegal for a private citizen to possess. The federal law allows a private citizen to own a machine gun if the state allows ownership; they obtain a class III ATF license, and the weapon is registered. Arizona, Kentucky and other states allow ownership; California does not allow ownership.

Gary Brown, Military Weapons Historian



Nevada City


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