if the "firearm" could be made to fire a round
What does "could be made" mean here?
Well... Basically it means that there was a case where an old, rusty, POS pistol, chambered in an obsolete caliber, was carried by a man as a "just in case for show for self-defense" (knowing that in 99.999% of cases, merely showing a firearm will stop an attack)... BUT, having mentioned it to a member of the local constabulary in Massachusetts (who he must have mistakenly thought was just fine to do since it was "inoperable"), the man was arrested and charged and the local PD, along with help from the illustrious folks at the BATF(E), took that less than useless hunk of metal, cleaned it up, rebored the barrel, MADE the caliber of round that was needed and... it fired.
Man was charged under Bartley-Fox (which is a mandatory 1-year, but is usually the first thing that gets bargained away when a real criminal is "negotiating" with the DA). Fortunately, some-what wiser heads prevailed, a deal was struck for a misdemeanor for something (sorry, don't know what...), the man moved out-of-state (as fast as he could to get away from this place), and that was that. Evidently, that local officer (and others in that town) simply didn't like the guy (probably because he was politically active and opposite politically from those in power there) and if the "wiser heads" had NOT prevailed he probably would have ended up a guest of the Commonwealth for a year with a felony conviction and the accompanying loss of rights.
So... While I am generally a supporter of police, military, etc.... Having people that I know and love and trust who have been or are in those fields, I am also a realist. There are simply some things that I won't discuss with my brother (the cop) or my sister (the fed) or my brother (now retired from the USAF) or friends who are LEO, military, or other. Why? Because you never know who is going to pull a "Dudley Do-Right" on you and put you in cuffs because they don't like something you've said or done. While they MAY agree with what I say or do, they may not as well. It is only after carefully "feeling" someone out who has that discretionary power which they can wield over me that I discuss certain things. I know plenty of LEOs, military, etc who agree with my positions on things. I also know plenty who wouldn't hesitate to arrest their mom if she were to voice those same positions!
Case in point: I once used a completely legal tactical folder to open a box. It just so happened that it was in front of a few off-duty LEO friends. I had one of them grab it out of my hand and start lecturing me about how it was illegal for me to own it. Of course, I was able to explain how every incorrect "violation" he was claiming was not the case. Others there thought it was amusing, but he just got angrier. Finally, one of the other LEOs told him to give it a rest and that was the end of it. I printed off the relevant statute and gave him a copy... along with my purchase receipt showing that I had legally
bought the knife (retail) in Massachusetts. However, with that and some other incidents where LEOs are incorrect on the laws, I wonder how many innocent people have been caught up in their overzealousness.
Also, on an episode of COPS, they were following a PD in Massachusetts around. They detained a couple of guys who were parked in a parking lot and talking and searched them. There were SO many violations in what the officers did that I could write a book, but... one of the guys was licensed and was carrying. Even with his license, they confiscated his gun (because they said it was a kind that was illegal for civilians to own... I have two of them and that's not true), told him that it was illegal for him to have a hi-cap magazine for the pistol (also not true as the guy informed them that it was pre-1998 and was legally grandfathered, but they insisted there was no such thing... I carry pre-ban hi-caps as well), and finally the coup-de-grace was the fact that he was carrying Winchester Black Talon Hollow-point rounds! (They told him that those were illegal for civilians to own, they're not... wanna buy a box, I have plenty in a couple of calibers) Thoughout the ordeal they kept threatening to arrest him and only stepped up their threats as he continued to explain their errors. They told him that IF the stuff was legal he could pick the stuff up at the station on Monday (it was a Friday night). Essentially they left him disarmed for the weekend. I was pretty upset at the entire show, but a little note was included in the closing credits that said the guy was legal and got his stuff back the next Monday. Personally, I think the LEOs should have been fired, charged, and made to pay the guy compensation... but that's just me...