Are my pistol barrels too long?
I was talking to the owner of a local gun shop about a few SPs that I have, and he told me that the barrel lengths were too long. He said that I needed to have them classified as AOW (any other weapons) in order to be legal, and that I cannot legally rebarrel a handgun with a barrel over 12" without registering it with the ATF as an AOW. He stated that the ATF defines a handgun as having a barrel of not more than 12". Have any of you ever encountered this?
I asked him about all the long barreled pistols that left the factory that way (TC, XP, Striker, MOA, etc). He just said that they are not legally pistols and are subject to a $5 AOW tax at the time of transfer.