I must apologize.
I should not have brought this weapon down to the bow for this photo. It seems to have stirred up quite a bit of discussion. This weapon is on loan to the ship and is displayed in our mess hall Museum area in a roped off section along with other artifacts that we have been asked to display by the owners or former owners. This weapon is on loan and is displayed in the memory of Stephen Huff at the request of his family, just as Larry has stated below. You can not see it in the photo, but this weapon has, literally, been cut into 4 sections and been welded back together. All of the weapons on display have been cut into several sections and welded back together. They are not operational and can never be. They comply with every federal and state law whether it is Indianas or Kentuckys. With the exception of being used as a prop for this photo, it is and always has been, treated with the utmost respect along with the other weapons that we have on loan from this family. We do not handle these weapons except when we rearrange the display or store them away prior to getting under way. We have not been using any type of gloves when we handle these weapons. Perhaps we should. I very much respect the opinion of Pat Perrella on this matter.
We have photographed and logged this weapon, along with other items, into a log for future use. We did this when we first received them back in February of this year. We also spoke about this gift back then, in the discussion page.
Lately, when I post a photo of Chris, I have been trying to get something in the photo that also shows some work in progress or something new. I mentioned in a posting on July 23 that we had a contract on stripping and repainting the ramp and doors so they will be nice when we go to Cincinnati. We will be using the ramp as an entrance for the tours while we are there. So, as Chris stated, this is somewhat of a before photo.
The real and main reason for this photo was to show off our new sign. Total failure, since there is not one mention of it anywhere in any of these discussions.
I will take this opportunity to state that since the beginning of this web site, no one has been allowed to bring up politics or religion. This is not the forum for that type of thing and what has been posted has been copied and deleted from the forum and, any future posting of that nature will be handled likewise. Unfortunately, all responses are also removed, but I want to thank those that felt inclined to defend our policy, and that was most of you. I will try to catch them faster before they get too far along.
Not to beat a dead horse but I missed the deleted thread and thought the photo was great.
I don't know what was said or implicated, but for anyone to make any assumptions from that photo about the breaking of any state or federal firearms laws displays a complete ignorance of those laws. Most of the gun is obscured by the sign.
I only mention this because one of my hobbies is collecting and shooting machine guns; which contrary to popular belief are legal to own if the proper procedures are followed. In fact mentioning Kentucky is funny becasue the biggest machine gun shoot in the country is held at Knob Creek in West Point, KY. It is open to the public and many private citizens bring their own weapons to shoot. This was featured in a Mail Call episode on the History Channel.
It is also legal to own a "dummy" gun fabricated from a cut receiver, which is what has been desribed as far as the gun Chris is holding.
I enjoy seeing pictures of the ship's volunteers and some of her collection.
If anyone whats to talk or has questions about machine gun law let me know.
I know I haven't been around much and nobody likes to beat a dead horse, but this I couldn't pass up.