After conducting a nationwide poll over the weekend — where more than 10,000 respondents took part — there is no doubt that American gun owners do not trust the agency that is empowered to enforce firearms law.
The overwhelming results show that 98.1 percent of gun owners who responded to the unscientific survey believe that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is illegally compiling a registration list.
Gun Owners of America will be sharing these results with the Congress, and this comes at a very appropriate time — as the House of Representatives will soon be turning its attention both to ATF’s funding and to limits on its activities.
GOA provides additional detail regarding the Ares Armor story
GOA received some comment mail over the weekend in regard to how one could buy a lower receiver and legally turn it into a functioning firearm which has no serial number.
We would like to address this issue again, because some contested the lack of detail that we provided in our previous alert. (Sadly, this can be a problem when trying to shorthand a technical issue in a political alert — where explaining technical milling operations is not the main focus of the alert.)
So to review, a person can legally purchase what is commonly known as an 80% lower receiver of an AR-15 which has no serial number, and after completing the machine work, can enjoy it for personal use.(1) This lower receiver — if it does not have the required holes drilled and cavities milled in specific locations — is NOT considered a “firearm” by the ATF.
To make it a functioning firearm, one must first drill several holes, mill out the frame where the trigger group fits and in some cases mill out the magwell. Once they finish doing this, they have what ATF considers a firearm. Although to make it a functioning firearm, a person will need to buy all the parts to finish the lower receiver and add an upper receiver to complete the gun.
By the way, it is the milling and drilling operation that several of you felt we should have discussed. We didn’t discuss it in the alert because this information was provided in some detail in the interview that GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt conducted with Ares Armor owner, Dimitri Karras. (Again, this is the interview that ran this past Saturday and can be heard in the archives here.)
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