Well, that’s a tricky question. Elon Musk’s flamethrower, which he sold through his Boring Company in 2018, was actually more like a large propane blowtorch than a true flamethrower. It produced a stream of fire that was about a foot long, and it was marketed as a novelty item rather than a weapon. However, some people have argued that it could still cause serious harm or damage if used irresponsibly or maliciously.
As for the legality of owning a flamethrower, it depends on where you live. In the United States, there are no federal laws governing private ownership of flamethrowers or flamethrower-like devices. It all comes down to individual state laws, and for the most part, they are surprisingly lenient. The only state that has outright banned flamethrowers is Maryland. California requires a permit for the possession of a flamethrower. Other states may have some restrictions or regulations on the use or transportation of flamethrowers, but they are not prohibited outright.
However, just because flamethrowers are legal does not mean they are ethical or safe. Flamethrowers are considered to be incendiary weapons that can cause indiscriminate effects or unnecessary suffering to combatants and civilians alike. The use of flamethrowers in war is restricted by the Protocol on Incendiary Weapons, which is part of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. Moreover, flamethrowers pose a high risk of fire hazards, injuries, accidents and environmental damage. They should not be used lightly or without proper precautions.
So, to answer your question, I would say that Elon Musk should not sell his flamethrowers again, unless he can ensure that they are used only for harmless purposes and with adequate safety measures. Otherwise, he might be contributing to a dangerous trend of weaponizing everyday objects and glorifying violence.
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