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New York Just Tried to Ban 80% Lowers and AR-15 Build Kits

Posted by 80-lower on Sep 23rd 2019

New York Just Tried to Ban 80% Lowers and AR-15 Build Kits

This is a breaking news story. This post will be updated to reflect the latest developments.

SEPTEMBER 24 – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that she has told 16 different websites that make and sell firearms and gun parts (including to cease and desist selling “nearly complete assault weapons” to customers in New York State.

A letter released yesterday by the Office of the New York A.G. reads:

“Your website offers unfinished lower receivers that require simple milling in order to manufacture unregistered and unserialized assault weapons, despite the fact that such manufacture and possession are illegal in New York.”

Milling an 80% lower only results in the making of a stripped lower receiver. A stripped receiver is a firearm, but it is not an assault weapon. It contains no parts which would be defined as an assault weapon by any New York or federal law, either.

Regardless, the letter continues:

“Assault weapons are illegal in New York, and the sale and/or advertisement of these products violates New York law…. I hereby demand that you stop the sale and advertisement to residents of New York of unfinished lower receivers and firearms components that are intended for the assembly of assault weapons.”

This story is still developing, and we’re actively working to respond to this demand and provide our customers with an update regarding the sale and shipment of 80% lowers, frame blanks, and receiver blanks to New York.

DISCLAIMER: If you are new to the world of DIY gun building, you likely have a lot of questions and rightfully so. It’s an area that has a lot of questions that, without the correct answers, could have some serious implications. At, we are by no means providing this content on our website to serve as legal advice or legal counsel. We encourage each and every builder to perform their own research around their respective State laws as well as educating themselves on the Federal laws. When performing your own research, please be sure that you are getting your information from a reliable source.