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I have read the entire ATF regulations book but could not find anything that specified that a serial number must be on a home-built receiver. Manufacturers, of course, are required to do so. I found the section that says you can build your own receiver as long as you don't sell it. Anyone checked with ATF to get a definitive answer on this issue? Also, anyone checked to see if you can give a firearm away that you home-built? I understand the selling part as that makes you a manufacturer, but seems you should be able to give any home-builts to family or friends. If not, what about when you die? What must be done with the firearm? ATF's book is rather vague on this whole subject.
 

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old question. no serial required, and you can sell, as long as your intent in building was not to sell at a profit, as that would be engaging in the business.

in most states you can sell a long gun face to face, without a dealer, so don't need a serial. in pa, if i sell an ak pistol a year from now, it would have to be to a CHL face to face, or thru a dealer/clerk of court who does not need to hold it overnight. any dealer who holds a gun overnight must log, and thereby needs a serial.
 

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old question. no serial required, and you can sell, as long as your intent in building was not to sell at a profit, as that would be engaging in the business.

in most states you can sell a long gun face to face, without a dealer, so don't need a serial. in pa, if i sell an ak pistol a year from now, it would have to be to a CHL face to face, or thru a dealer/clerk of court who does not need to hold it overnight. any dealer who holds a gun overnight must log, and thereby needs a serial.
I am unclear on the selling of a homemade receiver thing. Be careful there are a bunch of ATF regulations that should be reviewed not merely section 921 (21) (A). Maybe its possible to stay legal but I would want to be sure. Jack
 

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It's my understanding that when "YOU" make a gun, it's not for sale/transfer or anything. That means upon your death or even if you just don't want it anymore it must be destroyed (the receiver). Now this might seem draconian, but that's the way I read the rules.

However, if you really want to know, write the BATF and ask them for a ruling on your specific question. When they respond you'll have it in writing.
 

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That's kinda where I am. As a lawyer, I have to see things in writing. I am going to do some research on this issue to see if I can get some answer. Nothing against the govt. but I think they will put a biased spin on their answer. Jack
 

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I believe the self applied Serial Number was mentioned in an ATF letter answering a question. They "recommended" that some sort of identifying number be applied so the weapon could be traced and identified in case of a theft. They even said it could be personalized, such as your name and address, etc. But there is no requirement for a serial number or identifying mark.
 

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Thanks all for the response. I am surprised that someone else has not already got a clarification from ATF. Guess I might need to send them a letter on whether you can sell or at least give the gun away.
 

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Thanks all for the response. I am surprised that someone else has not already got a clarification from ATF. Guess I might need to send them a letter on whether you can sell or at least give the gun away.
sell or give all you like. the law is very clear on this. the entire title is revenue code, and controls people "engaged in the business", and them, only.

if a law does not prohibit, in specific, then it does not prohibit.
 

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What do you guys think about just recording the # off the front trunnion and using that as a serial # for your own protection and records. Weren't the Chinese AKs that way? Just wondering.
 
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