As governments attempt to make more guns and gun ownership illegal, they succeed in doing so. It does not mean that fewer criminals are armed. Overall crime does not drop when controls are implemented. One of the reasons is that guns are fairly easy to make, and the materials to make them are virtually impossible for an industrial society to control. An unintended consequence is that submachine guns or machine pistols may be substituted for ordinary pistols. They are easier to make, because they are a simpler mechanism.
The above machine pistol/ submachine gun, based on the MAC design is
homemade, as is the silencer/suppressor. Both are illegal for the nearly everyone to possess in Canada. This machine pistol was taken in a drug raid. From globalnews.ca:
Officials said the two busts resulted in police seizing large quantities of fentanyl, meth and crack cocaine, along with seven handguns, and tens of thousands of dollars.
“We have taken significant amounts of drugs and firearms off the streets,” RCMP Insp. Robert Thorainson said.
An identical version was seized a year ago in Alberta.
More illegal silencers were seized in this raid in Alberta in 2015. The image is a screenshot, not a video.
They seem quite similar to homemade MAC machine pistols and suppressors made in Australia. The person who made those admitted to making up to a hundred of them. As some of them went for a reported $15,000 Australian, that would be a cool 1.5 million for a couple of years work.
I suspect the underground market will drive the prices down. As advanced manufacturing techniques such as CNC machinating and 3D printers drop in prices, the prices of underground production will also drop.
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