Did you know that there are certain holsters that are considered to be in the same class with machine guns? These holsters are controlled by the National Firearms Act, and are called ‘any other weapons.’ They require a $5 federal tax stamp to own one with the gun.

Here is the funny part: you can own the holster, and that is legal. You can own the gun, and that is also legal. Own the holster AND the gun that fits in it without the form and the tax stamp? Federal Felony. 
Can you tell them apart? One of the following pictures is an AOW, and one is not:

There is no real difference in form or function, but if you should buy the wrong one at your next gun show, or make one yourself, you will get five years in club fed as a result.

Gun control laws are stupid and arbitrary. (and it is the top picture that is the AOW)

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Wayne Conrad · June 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I've never seen a holster with an exposed trigger before. Wow. Any idea why they're made that way?

Robert Hewes · June 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

So how are the AoWs identified?

Divemedic · June 27, 2012 at 2:06 am

They are made that way so a mugger won't see that it is a weapon until it is too late.
It is an AOW if the holster conceals the firearm, and the gun can be fired while in the holster.
The lower picture is not an AOW, says the ATF, because the slide and barrel are visible.
The upper picture is a holster that conceals the firearm and allows it to be fired while in the holster.

Ruth · June 27, 2012 at 7:41 am

It is kind of stupid…

I am not sure I would want a holster like that though. One would need to train with it on in order to be able to shoot effectively if necessary.

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