reply to post by cmdrkeenkid
Actually no building your own gun is NOT completely or even PARTIALLY illegal!!!
I do so wish people, no matter how well meaning, would deign to educate themselves on the topic of firearms and firearms law before professing
knowledge on the internet!!
Keen honestly I am surprised at your post, I expected better from you, especially considering your citation from ATF.gov actually refutes your
building your own gun is mostly illegal assertion!
For the record, Yes you can build your own firearms!
No you do not have to put a serial number on them or register them with anyone in most free states!
The second you decide to sell one of these homebuilt firearms however you MUST serialize them and have the transfer go through a licensed gun dealer,
at which point any buyer must submit to standard background checks and etc, and the gun is now officially in the system with a duly registered ATF
form 4473 on file with the FFL who did the transfer.
You can even build yourself semi automatic Ak's AR;s and other MODERN SPORTING RIFLES (Not to be confused with assault weapons which the only true
definition of is an intermediate cartridge firing SELECTIVE FIRE rifle btw which you are also legally allowed to buy in most states however it
requires either having a valid federal firearms license or buying a registered pre 1986 manufacture machine gun on an ATF form 4 transaction. However
by going down either of these paths you effectively surrender your 4th amendment rights and must jump through many hoops including notifying local law
enforcement of your intent to own them and gettign their approval! On a side note only 2 murders have been committed with legally owned machine guns
in the 80+ years this system has been in place, and one of those was committed by an off duty cop moonlighting as a hitman!)
Now If you do decide to build a modern sporting rifle you must comply with section 922r which states only so many parts of the firearm may be foreign
made! This means essentially that you can buy a parts kit of imported parts, throw away or do not use certain parts instead substituting them for
american made copies of the part, and build or buy a receiver (which IS the weapon as far as the federal government is concerned).
The only caveats to this law is you MUST follow existing rules and mandates I.e no building anything in a configuration that would be illegal for a
manufacturer to sell without an ATF form 4 or other specialized transfer! In other words you cannot build your own unregistered machine guns, short
barreled shotguns, short barreled rifles, suppressors, AOW's, or destructive devices without filing all relevant paperwork and going through a
registration process with the federal government. This is to prevent circumvention of the National Firearms Act of 1934, Other than that though you
are completely legal to build semi automatic Ak's, AR's, G3's, Galil's, FN fal's, and whatever else your heart desires without registering them
in any way shape or form with federal law enforcement as long as you follow existing rules such as section 922r and are legally allowed to possess
As to defense distributed pushing an all 3d printed pistol... I highly question the wisdom of this move and further I question their motives and
motivations behind doing this! There are already laws on the books regarding building hard to detect firearms, although honestly the metallic firing
pin and use of standard metallic cased ammunition invalidates any advantage you would gain by building a plastic gun anyway!
Realistically though I feel like the people at defense distributed may not be a friend of the second amendment, and further I feel their time could be
much better spent by instead putting their focus into helping people manufacture more conventional and high quality firearms and accessories at home
using the full spectrum of desktop manufacturing technology available.
As far as all of the incredibly stupid, short sighted, naive, frightening, and downright FREEDOM HATING talk about banning the trade or distribution
of firearms blueprints and the like.... all I can say to that is I am truly shocked and disappointed at the ignorance and willful assimilation of
blatantly malignant propaganda it indicates is becoming pervasive among a group that I used to laud for it's free thinking nature!
Further, just something to think about... In business it's UNIVERSALLY accepted that monopolies lead to abuses and malfeasance, so how would allowing
governments and Law enforcement a MONOPOLY on deadly force lead to anything different?