It looks like pre-orders of the Borning Company flamethrower have now reached 10,000. Elon Musk intends to sell 20,000 units of the device at $500 each and now it looks like some politicians want to ban the device.
Now it would appear that California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago has questioned the legality of the device and it looking to get it banned. According to Elon Musk, the device is legal as the flame is shorter than 10 feet.
ATF says any flamethrower with a flame shorter than 10 ft is A-ok. Our design is max fun for least danger. I’d be way more scared of a steak knife.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2018
Assemblyman Miguel Santiago plans to introduce legislation in California that would make the device illegal. The device is apparently legal in the other states in the US at the moment although this could possibly change in the future.
Elon Musk is probably not particularly bothered whether he managed to sell the device or not, he is obviously using it to generate publicity for his Boring Company. Whether or not the flamethrower will go on sale remains to be seen, it certainly will end up generating a lot of publicity for the company.
Source The Verge