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    Question Build law?

    Ok, so I had a link to the old ATF FAQ about the legality of individuals building from parts kits and the like... But I guess the link is dead? Anyone got a good one to the law? Or did the batfe change their minds?
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    There is no "build law", only a lack of laws prohibiting it. ATF changed over to the Justice dept, are you looking on the old Treasury website?

    In a nutshell:

    You can build a normal firearm for your own use. Normal means no NFA stuff like short bbl or full auto, if you can legally buy it from your local gun shop with just a 4473 fillout you can build it.

    You are not required to mark it in any way, although ATF "strongly recommends" you put at least a serial # on it for tracing purposes should it ever be stolen. You are not required to file paperwork or report it in any way to anybody. If you start out with a commercial receiver, it is already legally marked. There is no excise tax due as there is an exemption for personal use firearms.

    Firearms that are banned from import are not allowed to be built with more than 10 foreign parts from a list, commonly known as "922(r) compliance". If you wanna build an AK, gotta put some US parts in in to be legal.

    That's pretty much it, that only addresses Fed law though. State and local laws vary.

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    Firearms that are banned from import are not allowed to be built with more than 10 foreign parts from a list, commonly known as "922(r) compliance". If you wanna build an AK, gotta put some US parts in in to be legal.
    This does not apply to pistols.




    What about down the road when a guy has too many guns and wants to thin the herd a little. Can he unload a few then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansstud View Post
    What about down the road when a guy has too many guns and wants to thin the herd a little. Can he unload a few then?
    While it's legal, in today's atmosphere, it's not a very good idea at all.

    If the revenuers suspect you're making guns for sale (and profit) without the appropriate licensing, they'll drag you in for tax violations.

    If you sell one your homejobs to Joe Responsible, and he sells it on to Joe DipS**t, who drops it on his toe and sues you because it was heavy enough to break his toe, are you financially solvent enough to fend off that suit?

    P.S. Why is this in the "competitive shooting" subforum?

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