AR lowers aren't rifles?

Dawico

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Oct 15, 2009
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https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/t...-15-lower-as-a-firearm-is-in-serious-trouble/

Ultimately AR lowers don't fit the legal description of actually being a firearm so a few courts have ruled in favor of defendants charged with selling them as unlicensed dealers.

In the long run I am not sure if this is a good thing or bad.

A new legal definition of what a firearm is may be bad news.

Thoughts?
 

Charlie

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Mar 19, 2008
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That's what I'm thinking. If the AR "lower not being a firearm" concept is pushed too hard and too far, it might backfire big time!
 

Renegade

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Mar 5, 2008
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The industry moves faster than the law. Lots of "firearms" do not meet the GCA68 definitions. Hence why BATFE tends to "Make Stuff Up".
 

Renegade

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Mar 5, 2008
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Could lead to the ATF reclassifying AR 15 uppers as firearms.
Those do not meet the definition either.

Firearm Frame or Receiver
That part of a firearm which provides housing for the hammer, bolt or breechblock, and firing mechanism, and which is usually threaded at its forward portion to receive the barrel. 27 CFR § 478.11.

In an AR, housing for the hammer and firing mechanism is in lower, housing for bolt and threading for barrel is in upper. So whichever half you use, something is in the other half.
 

Brains

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Apr 9, 2013
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So neither is the firearm until they are assembled? We are free to purchase the components as we choose, and since we are manufacturing for our own use, no FFL needed at all? I like it.
 

Hoji

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May 28, 2008
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Mustang Ridge
Rhetorical eh?

They can define anything as anything at any given moment as proven out this past year.

That scares me.
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