1. To obtain a conviction the government should have been required to prove that petitioner knew of the features of his altered weapon making it auto that brought it w/in the scope of the stat. A gun is not the type of dangerous device that would alert one to the possibility of regulation.
2. The court noted that the silence as to the mens rea requirement did not suggest a congressional intent that such requirement be eliminated. The court noted that the potentially harsh penalty attached provided further support for the proposition that a mens rea requirement existed.
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