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Old October 22nd, 2013, 11:23 PM #1
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Exclamation SKS 10 to 20 mag conversion legal?

Under the new law is it legal to convert a standard 10 round SKS box mag to a 20 if purchased after 10/1? It says nothing in the law requiring you to keep it at 10, assuming you buy the 20 rounder out of state....
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 11:26 PM #2
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Manufacturing in state is illegal, but as you comment purchasing out of state is not. Do your conversion there.

Edit: sorry, is that a "fixed" magazine? I think that's limited to 10 permanently.
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Yes, it is illegal unfortunately. If you use a detachable mag, you create a banned assault long gun. If you use one of those 20 round fixed mags, you create a banned "copycat" under SB281.

Page 10, Line 12 for the fixed magazine.
Page 24, Line 2 for the detachable magazine.
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/sb/sb0281e.pdf
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Is the SKS a fixed mag sks now? If so, that would be illegal. The removable magazine SKS was regulated, and is now banned as an Assault Long Gun. Even if you keep it as a fixed magazine 20 rounder, it is now a Copycat Weapon, and banned as it was not possessed prior to 10/1.
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Not again!

You are going to get a range of answers...everything from "it's illegal to convert your SKS to a detachable mag." to "it's okay to convert it; you just can't transfer it with a detachable mag." That said, you're probably okay with whichever configuration you choose as long as you don't shoot anybody with it. BUT, my advice would be to read the cursed bill and figure it out for yourself...RTFM as it were.

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You are going to get a range of answers...everything from "it's illegal to convert your SKS to a detachable mag." to "it's okay to convert it; you just can't transfer it with a detachable mag." That said, you're probably okay with whichever configuration you choose as long as you don't shoot anybody with it. BUT, my advice would be to read the cursed bill and figure it out for yourself...RTFM as it were.

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The only way it would be legal is if it were an ALG or Copycat before 10/1. Possession is illegal otherwise.
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if you had simply taken off the magazine, and are in possession of a detachable SKS mag it is then technically an ALG. As long as that was done BEFORE 10/1, then it's fine, and you can do whatever you darn well please with it.

If not, then it is now illegal to do so.
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not illegal if you "modified" the rifle before 0ct 1st

But if simply removing the magazine before oct 1st makes the rifle an ALG, then if a person had disassembled the rifle prior to oct 1st, even for cleaning, then wouldn't the rifle already be a pre ban ALG? Therefor, removal of the internal mag makes no difference as the firearm was already an ALG since the first time the owner disassembled it.
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not illegal if you "modified" the rifle before 0ct 1st
Agreed. But if it was after 10/1 for the first time, you're committing a crime.

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But if simply removing the magazine before oct 1st makes the rifle an ALG
According to the definitions in SB281, you have to disassemble the firearm action to completely remove a non-detachable magazine... so just yanking the fixed mag from an SKS doesn't mean you've had a detachable mag on it.
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The material question is "when" did you acquire the gun? If acquired before October 1st, who's to say what you did with your gun. If after October 1st, there is no argument you can make to say you modified it before October 1st and you are stuck with a 10-round FIXED magazine. Even putting a detachable five-rounder (literally, any detachable mag) in it to use for hunting, etc. is now illegal.
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