Although it’s only 27 words in length, The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution has become a rather divisive topic. School shootings, violent rampages against innocents, and a biased media have not helped to bring balanced reasoning toward gun issues for those who are uneducated in the world of firearms and do not understand the due processes necessary for legal gun ownership.
While some claim the words penned by our country’s Framers, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” does not apply to the individual, others disagree—including the U.S. Supreme Court. While much debate surrounds the interpretation of The Second Amendment we dare not get distracted by those using the gun issue solely for the advancement of socialistic ideals.
As a nation we should provide all means necessary to insure the safety of our schools and prevent further gun violence, but we must also address the ever increasing politicization of the gun ownership issue. Especially when it involves firearms such as the AR-15, which are being negatively politicized by terms such as “assault weapon.”
The “assault weapon” terminology plays on the ignorance of average Americans, and seeks to deliberately demonize AR-15 type weaponry. Although a firearm built on the AR-15 platform is no different than any other semi-auto firearm, should the need arise its ability to assist in warding off a tyrannical regime cannot be overlooked. Without question, this issue goes deeper than how “intimidating” an AR-15 looks!
So what can we do to protect our God given liberties? Number one, vote. Number two, build a rifle no one knows about.
How to Build a Rifle No One Will Know About
As an American who has been guaranteed Constitutional rights, you have the legal right to build an unserialized AR-15. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE): Individuals manufacturing sporting-type firearms for their own use need not hold Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs). However, we suggest that the manufacturer at least identify the firearm with a serial number as a safeguard in the event that the firearm is lost or stolen. Also, the firearm should be identified as required in 27 CFR478.92 if it is sold or otherwise lawfully transferred in the future.
Building a rifle no one knows about begins by purchasing an 80% lower receiver. An 80% lower receiver does not meet the definition of a firearm as set forth by the BATFE. So, by using an 80% lower you have the opportunity and legal right to build an AR-15 that does not require an FFL transfer, ATF Form 4473, or serialization. Nor do you have to be a licensed gunsmith to complete your 80% lower receiver project.
In other words, it is 100% legal to build a rifle no one knows about.
As long as you complete the fire control group yourself, use it for personal use only, and do not sell the lower receiver after manufacturing, you can legally drill, mill and finish an 80% lower without anyone knowing you possess the lower or the completed AR-15.
Finishing an 80% lower receiver can be done at home, using simple tools, and requires nothing more than a drill press. Building a rifle no one knows about is both legal and simple.
For more information regarding building an AR-15 on an 80% lower receiver, please check out our resource center or feel free to contact us.
(Note: While we do not encourage or promote anti-governmental rhetoric, we are aware of the rights granted to us by the U.S. Constitution. We firmly believe these rights must be protected and as stated by our founders, “… shall not be infringed.” Be safe, have fun and support The Second Amendment.)