Joe Biden Says Americans ‘Aren’t Allowed to Own a Flamethrower’

Using a flamethrower outside
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During a gun control push in the wake of the Nashville Christian school attack, President Joe Biden claimed that Americans “aren’t allowed to own a flamethrower.”

He said this while re-stating his belief that the Second Amendment is not absolute.

Biden said, “Everybody thinks, somehow, that the Second Amendment is absolute. But you’re not allowed to go out and own an automatic weapon, you’re not allowed to own a machine gun, you’re not allowed to own a flamethrower, you’re not allowed to own so many things.”

In reality, flamethrowers can be easily purchased, as long as you live in a state where flamethrowers are legal.

An American can even get a flamethrower for a rifle. Exothermic makes a Pulsefire UBF flamethrower that mounts right under the barrel of an AR-15.

Also, Americans are allowed to own a machine gun in many states around the country. Federal law on machine guns only limits private ownership to machine guns that were made before 1986.

The process of getting one is cumbersome, inasmuch as  it requires being fingerprinted, photographed, paying a $200 tax to the federal government, undergoing a background check, and registering the machine gun with the ATF. This process takes about a year, but many people undergo it to buy a machine gun.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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