Why is the Glock 25 Illegal?
The legalities, legislation, and politics surroundings guns in the United States can be complex and even convoluted at times. However, the constitution and millions of Americans from all walks of life ensure that the right to bear arms is absolute. There are some exceptions for a variety of guns, mainly due to importation laws and restrictions.
Import Troubles for the Glock 25
The Glock 25 is not available to the average American citizen. This is due to the criteria set regarding imported guns under the Gun Control Act of 1968. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) has a point system that determines the importation of a handgun. These points are awarded based on criteria including the gun's length, height, weight, caliber, construction, safety, features, sights, and grips. (1968 Act, 935(d)(3)). The Glock 25 falls short in this point system for a few reasons.
To understand more about why this gun cannot be legally imported in the United States, delve into the history of the piece. The Glock 25 was introduced in Germany in 1995. It is a semi-automatic handgun created for South American civilians for defense because they could not legally carry military caliber weapons. This gun is chambered with a .380 caliber bullet, making it legal to use in South America and, ironically, illegal to import to civilians in the United States. It has a 15 round magazine capacity, and a standard fixed sight elevation of 6.9.
What Are Your Options If You Want This Gun?
You have a few options, you could choose a Glock that is very similar yet meets the criteria for importation. You can go on the search for a Glock 25 that is already imported into the United States. Or you could see about factory modifications from Glock in Georgia, this can be expensive and likely not worth your penny. These modifications include replacing the cheap rear sight with factory stock, adding grooved triggers, adding target grips, and even changing the caliber. The criteria is clearly prohibitive when it comes to modifications, so this option is unlikely. It is worth noting that the Glock 26 is legal only by one point on this system.
Because the Glock 26 does meet the criteria for legal importation sale and purchase in the United States it is an option if you just want that type of gun. The Glock 25, once it goes through some modifications, can then also be legally purchased. In addition, you can purchase a used Glock 25 if you come across one. They are here to be found occasionally because the military and law enforcement agencies can order them with a letter. It is not illegal to possess this gun as long as you are able to carry a gun in general. The thing is, there are not many, because the gun is just not in high demand. Law enforcement officers and military officials will go for the Glock 26, 27, or 33 because they are so similar, or they prefer the caliber, and no hoops have to be jumped through to obtain these guns.
So even though you cannot legally import a Glock 25, you can legally own one. In addition, many people report that it is a sub-par choice due to its size and .380 calibers. So while you may want one, just because they are rarer for the United States, do not feel bad if it takes you a while to come across one. According to most gun experts, there are many legal options that will shoot better and conceal easier. It was created to fulfill a specific need, years ago, in South America. Historically it has relevance, and the piece can be rare, but you are not missing out on anything when it comes to quality.
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