Their new power is to make the impossible the law

Senator Lindsey Graham said of the Democrats ” “Boy, y’all want power. God, I hope you never get it.”

The other day I asked “What the Democrats will do with their new power?

If you thought that a California style AWB and gun control plan was the worst they could do, boy were you wrong.

Allow me into introduce to you House Resolution 7115 – 3D Firearms Prohibitions Act.

So what are thy going to do?  Ban 3-D printed guns?  Make you register 3-D printed receivers?

Ha ha ha ha no.

To prohibit the sale, acquisition, distribution in commerce, or import into the United States of certain firearm receiver castings or blanks, assault weapon parts kits, and machinegun parts kits and the marketing or advertising of such castings or blanks and kits on any medium of electronic communications, to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers, and for other purposes.

Yeah, let that introduction sink in.

SEC. 2. DO-IT-YOURSELF ASSAULT WEAPON BAN.

(a) Banned Hazardous Products.—Notwithstanding section 3(a)(5)(E) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2052(a)(5)(E)), the following shall be considered banned hazardous products under section 8 of such Act (15 U.S.C. 2057):

(1) A firearm receiver casting or firearm receiver blank or unfinished handgun frame that—

(A) at the point of sale does not meet the definition of a firearm in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code; and

(B) after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault weapon or machinegun or the frame of a handgun.

Clearly this is aimed at 80% lowers.  The problem is, this could be anything.  As a metallurgist, understanding the technical definitions of things like casting, forging, and blank, this could easily mean just about any piece of metal.

An “L” shaped piece of billet or plate of sufficient thickness is an unfinished handgun frame.  An unfinished AK receiver is a piece of 16 guage sheet steel.

Someone in the comments is bound to mention the 80% Sten gun receivers in the plumbing aisle of Home Depot.

When you get right down to it, anybody with a old Bridgeport machine in their garage could make a very passable frame or receiver out of a large enough chunk of steel or aluminum.

(2) An assault weapon parts kit.

Parts kits.  they are going to ban the sale of parts kits for “assault weapons.”

No more drop in trigger packs.  No more barreled upper receiver assemblies.  No more replacement or aftermarket parts of any kind if I am  reading this law the way I suspect and anti-gun law enforcement agent would read it.

Keep in mind that the Ruger 10/22 can be configured to be an assault rifle by California standards, so presumably this bill could pretty much end the sale of all firearms parts kits.

(3) A machinegun parts kit.

Since the only difference between an AR-15 and M-16 parts kit is the full auto sear and pin, these are effectively the same for all but two parts.

(b) Enforcement.—Subsection (a) shall be treated as a ban under section 19 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2068).

How can this be worse?  Just you wait.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITION OF ADVERTISING DO-IT-YOURSELF ASSAULT WEAPONS.

(a) In General.—It shall be unlawful to market or advertise, on any medium of electronic communications, including over the Internet, for the sale of any of the following:

(1) A firearm receiver casting or firearm receiver blank or unfinished handgun frame that—

(A) at the point of sale does not meet the definition of a firearm in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code; and

(B) after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault weapon or machinegun or the frame of a handgun.

(2) An assault weapon parts kit.

(3) A machinegun parts kit.

(b) Enforcement By The Federal Trade Commission.—A violation of subsection (a) shall be treated as a violation of a rule defining an unfair or deceptive act or practice described under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a(a)(1)(B)). The Federal Trade Commission shall enforce this section in the same manner, by the same means, and with the same jurisdiction, powers, and duties as though all applicable terms and provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.) were incorporated into and made a part of this Act.

(c) Rule Of Construction.—Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to limit the authority of the Federal Trade Commission under any other provision of law.

I’m kind of curious how this thing will stand up under First Amendment grounds.

If I advertised “Mil Spec 7075-T6 aluminum billet” I’d be in violation of the law.

SEC. 4. REQUIREMENT THAT HOMEMADE FIREARMS HAVE SERIAL NUMBERS.

(a) In General.—Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 923 the following:

Ҥ 923A. Serial numbers for homemade firearms

There is too much here for me to copy any paste, but if you want to make your own gun, you have to apply to the ATF for a serial number to do it and then an FFL has to transfer your serial number to you with a full background check so you can machine your own gun.  Then when you are done you have 90 days to go back to he dealer to verify you serialized it.

Then we get to the last part.

SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.

(a) Terms.—For purposes of this Act—

(1) the term “ammunition feeding device” means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, but does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition, and an ammunition feeding device shall be considered detachable if the device can be removed from a firearm without disassembly of the firearm action;

(2) the term “assault weapon parts kit” means any part or combination of parts designed and intended to enable a consumer who possesses all such necessary parts to assemble a semiautomatic assault weapon;

(3) the term “machinegun parts kit” means any part or combination of parts designed and intended to enable a consumer who possesses all such necessary parts to assemble a machinegun or convert a firearm into a machinegun;

(4) the term “semiautomatic assault weapon” means—

(A) a semiautomatic rifle or semiautomatic shotgun that has the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device; or

(B) a semiautomatic pistol that has—

(i) the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device; and

(ii) any one of the features described in subsection (b);

(5) the term “machinegun” has the meaning given such term in section 5845(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

(6) the term “semiautomatic pistol” means any repeating pistol that utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fixed cartridge case and chamber the next round and requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge;

(7) the term “semiautomatic rifle” has the meaning given such term in section 921(a)(28) of title 18, United States Code; and

(8) the term “semiautomatic shotgun” means any repeating shotgun that utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fixed cartridge case and chamber the next round and requires a separate pull of a trigger to fire each cartridge.

(b) Special Features Of A Semiautomatic Pistol.—The special features described in subsection (a)(3)(B)(ii) are—

(1) an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;

(2) a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;

(3) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned;

(4) a second hand grip;

(5) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and

(6) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.

I know that was long, but like I said above, this pretty much bans parts kits for anything semi auto with a detachable magazine.

An anti-gun stickler for the law could make the very legitimate argument that your aftermarket tritium night sights are an assault weapon parts kit if it goes on your handgun with a threaded barrel.

Welcome to a law that will make you do time for buying a set of rail covers or Hogue grips, some springs, or screws.

Welcome to a law that could make it illegal to own a large enough block of metal.

This is the power that Senator Graham didn’t want them to have.

They are going to try and pass an impossibly restrictive law to prevent a crime that hasn’t happened yet.

11 Replies to “Their new power is to make the impossible the law”

  1. Ah yes, more laws that are unenforceable without violating most of the bill of rights. Criminals, who willingly ignore laws against assault, robbery, rape, and murder will of course obey the new laws.

  2. After the first felony, the rest are free. The main reason most people don’t convert their weapons to full auto is that they don’t want to become felons. What this law does is make gun owners into felons.

  3. Nail gun anyone?? Now they are battery powered so they even more portable.
    Just remember kids- they had obammy and couldnt get it done. Mean while, JOIN A GUN RIGHTS GROUP!!! ANY 1, just join

  4. “an ammunition feeding device shall be considered detachable if the device can be removed from a firearm without disassembly of the firearm action”…
    What is the “action” of a revolver? The trigger/hammer etc. assembly? If so, the cylinder can be removed without disassembling the “action” which would make a revolver cylinder a “detachable ammo feeding device”.
    Unintended? I would not assume so.

  5. The requirement for obtaining a serial number for a home made receiver is completely unenforceable and I figure they damned well know it deep inside their pea sized brains.

    Anyone found with such a firearm can simply claim it was made before the cut off date and the prosecution would have the onus to prove it wasn’t.

    So, this is nothing more than a ‘throw away’ charge that is piled on to a suspect to get them to accept a plea bargain and then discarded after.

    1. Miles, there is a simple fix for your workaround, and don’t be surprised to see an amendment that adds it. The “fix” would be a mandate for any currently existing home-made arms to obtain a serial number, too. Or they could shift the burden of proof, that’s a time honored unconstitutional scam.

  6. Where would the government obtain the legal authority to regulate such parts?

    Supposedly they can do that with firearms – across state line -via the long abused commerce clause.

    But they don’t have it in this case.
    Everyone needs to start asking about this issue.

  7. The scary thing is that the article only scratches the surface of possibilities. Magazines are parts. Ammo is parts. Anything made of metal is parts.

    This law defies comprehension.

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