And So It Begins: House Dems Move to Ban AR Parts Kits

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-NY, is the lead sponsor on a bill that would outlaw home-built AR-15’s. (Photo: Frank Pallone Facebook)

Democrats filed H.R. 7115 even before they regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and now that they hold a solid majority, they’re ready to make their gun control fantasies come true.

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, filed the legislation on November 2, 2018, and it’s being co-sponsored by 13 additional representatives. The bill would “prohibit the sale, acquisition, distribution in commerce, or import into the United States of certain firearm receiver castings or blanks, assault weapon parts kits, and machinegun parts kits and the marketing or advertising of such castings or blanks and kits on any medium of electronic communications, to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers, and for other purposes.”

Legislators dubbed the bill the “3–D Firearms Prohibitions Act,” though the text doesn’t mention 3-D printed firearms anywhere beyond the title.

Under H.R. 7115, gun manufacturers would no longer be permitted to sell partially machined receivers for “assault rifles.” Also called “80 percent lowers,” these items do not qualify as “firearms” under U.S. law and have long been a target of gun-control lobbyists because they allow individuals to create “ghost guns,” or firearms without serial numbers.

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For those wanting to manufacture a firearm without using an 80 percent lower, H.R. 7115 also requires all individual firearm makers to request a serial number from the federal government before creating a firearm. The prospective gun maker would contact a federal firearms dealer, who would issue the number using the same process as any other firearms transfer.

But the bill also targets serialized, do-it-yourself AR-15 kits by outlawing “assault weapons parts kits” and “machine gun parts kits.” Strangely, it also prohibits companies from advertising 80 percent lowers, AR parts kits, or machine gun parts kits. According to the law,

(a) In General.—It shall be unlawful to market or advertise, on any medium of electronic communications, including over the Internet, for the sale of any of the following:

(1) A firearm receiver casting or firearm receiver blank or unfinished handgun frame that—

(A) at the point of sale does not meet the definition of a firearm in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code; and

(B) after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault weapon or machinegun or the frame of a handgun.

(2) An assault weapon parts kit.

(3) A machinegun parts kit.

It’s unclear why the bill bans the advertising of already prohibited items, but political grandstanding has always trumped logic on the anti-gun priority list.

For those hoping to get around the law by simply purchasing individual parts rather than a complete kit, the bill has that covered, too. It defines “assault weapon parts kit” as “any part or combination of parts designed and intended to enable a consumer who possesses all such necessary parts to assemble a semiautomatic assault weapon.”

So much for that loophole.

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Gun owners can also say goodbye to building Ruger 10/22’s. A “semiautomatic assault weapon” is, according to the bill, “a semiautomatic rifle or semiautomatic shotgun that has the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device.” Under H.R. 7115, a parts kit for a .22-caliber child’s rifle would be considered just as deadly as a kit for an AR-15.

With the Democrats in control of the House, passage of H.R. 7115 is more than possible in that chamber. The Senate is a different story, as Republicans expanded their majority, and President Trump has remained a solid supporter of Second Amendment rights, despite some concerns early in his presidency.

Still, Washington is the capital of backroom deals, and it wouldn’t be the first time Republicans concede ground on one issue to get what they want in another arena. H.R. 7115 doesn’t ban “assault weapons,” after all, and who really cares about 80 percent lowers?

Gun owners can contact their House representative here and their Senators here.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Mike Ross November 19, 2018, 10:48 pm

    Parts? They want to regulate individual parts? What’s next, regulations on the raw materials used to make those parts, or on the tools? This is beyond farcical.

  • TRUMPFORCEONE November 19, 2018, 9:28 am

    It will never pass the senate or the POTUS desk, so let them waste their time.

  • DaveGinOly November 16, 2018, 11:10 pm

    Here is what is called a “novel legal theory”:
    If you buy an article today (while it’s legal) and tomorrow legislation makes it “illegal,” that law is an unconstitutional ex post facto law.
    But you say it doesn’t criminalize the possession on the first day, how can it be an ex post facto law?
    Because any law that purports to criminalize the current possession of something that was legal to purchase and own earlier must, in order to divest the owner of the right to possess the article, <reach back and criminalize (i.e. make illegitimate) its acquisition as well.
    If an article of property was legally purchased and possessed, the owner has a right to that property, a right the government cannot break into without the constitutionally-guaranteed due process of law, which includes trial and conviction for a crime. It’s the only way government is authorized to take your property (the illusion of seizures in admiralty – aka “civil forfeiture,” which are seizures for crimes other than the possession of the property being seized – excluded).

  • scott in Mass November 16, 2018, 6:56 pm

    They may as well ban shovels. I’m referring to the story back in the early 2000″s of a gentelman that built an AK from a shovel using the blade to construst a receiver and used the handle as the stock. All he needed was the fire control group, bolt and front and rear trunnions. You can do the same for an AR. There used to be an 80% receiver that was built by just sandwiching sheets of metal together and then welding them up. Sure it was ugly but it worked.

    All this is just the non-common sensed liberals trying to take away guns from law abiding citizens. Criminals will always do criminal things like stealing guns, or buying them illegally then filing off serial numbers if they really cared. A serial number has yet to tack down a criminal. If they think they would be caught with a murder weapon they would just throw it away. what do they care.

    I’ve yet to see a story of any criminal taking the time to find a parts kit, order it, then get the tools and knowledge to build it, then use it in ANY criminal offense. Its easier, and cheaper to buy a gun on the black market or through a straw purchase, which if discovered, doesnt ever get brought to court. The last story i heard of our government chasing a straw purchaser was when Prez Obama had his ATF conduct operation Fast and Furious that lost track of over a dozen ARs into mexico which later turned up at a Border Agents murder scene. How come they dont go after that agency for incompetance.

    It is illegal to lie on the forms for buying a firearm yet anyone caught is never brought to trial, they had those numbers published years ago as well. Havent seen anything like that, ever, in the news.

    Every story is about a criminal that had a gun that they stole or was bought legally but they had a known mental illness. Its right there on the form asking about it, how they dont tell the gun shop they were mentally defective. Because they are breaking the law, want to break the law, and will break the law.

    Laws are only there for people that obey them, thats why they are called criminals and we are law-abiding citizens. They should put their efforts into to stopping the law breakers, not us.

  • Sly November 16, 2018, 5:39 pm

    I would appreciated If the Gun Industry would stop lying on the Democrats, The 15% guns of gun control nuts don’t make decisions for us. The Republican have the same amount as the Democrats only difference is, you hate to tell the truth on yourself. All i ask is to stop lying. I took a oath on 6 Sept 1967 and I served until Sept 1991 USAF and 1991 – 1993 USN civil Service, My oath still stands. I am a Democrat, the only difference with me is I don’t lie for Trump and the Republican. You should be true to your own selves. I fought for my freedom and the 2 Amendment rights, what did most of do?? You who free loader off of freedom, you don’t even want to pay tax to live here. Trump attacks The Constitution and Democracy each and everyday but you love him. I took a oath to protect the Constitution and Democracy, if Trump attack either he is a Domestic terrorist, I will fight to keep the Nazi from the destruction of America, I’m sure you NRA Russian Traitors and Nazi will not approve my comments

  • Luke November 16, 2018, 3:47 pm

    You all do realize who’s complicit in all of this anti-2A effort, right? ANYONE who uses or accepts CapOne, CitiBank, Synchrony, Bank of America credit cards. This includes Guns America, GunBroker, Cabella’s, Bass Pro Shops, Menards, Sam Ash, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Musician’s Friend, Sears and others.

    There’s a huge price to pay for pandering and supporting liberal banking lobbyists and activists. They WILL come for your civil rights. And they ARE doing it.

    Normally I’d post a list of credit card providers who have demonstrated Anti-2A behavior but it wouldn’t see the light of day here. It’s been deleted before. GA thinks it supports the 2A but contributes to its demise by accepting anti-2A credit card poviders. GA gets a little rankled when somebody tells others to cancel credit cards that contribute to its sales. We’re screwed until after the next Boston tea party . . . and I really do hope it’s violent as hell.

  • Grampa November 16, 2018, 2:57 pm

    How in the hell do people think Trump is still a pro-2A president? Bump stock ban (that is much bigger than bump stocks), “take the guns first, due process later”. I bet trump could say he supports this bill and all the maga fudds would cheer him right along. I just hope that when the SHTF, there is even 3% of us ready to go this time around.

  • Gus November 16, 2018, 10:54 am

    So Dorothy ask the scarecrow how can you function without a brain? And he replies, “I’m a Liberal !

  • steve in ky November 16, 2018, 9:31 am

    me thinks our pressure cooker safety valve has been plugged.

  • Jay November 16, 2018, 7:52 am

    Why are so many Democrats against the USA? They are the enemy within! No law will be followed that goes against the oldest one called the 2nd amendment!

  • Sancho Martinez November 16, 2018, 7:45 am

    They can suck it. Is time for a few of these scumbags to be found slowly swinging from a tree.

  • 11B November 16, 2018, 7:38 am

    I hope the Dems in the house propose a dozen more gun control bills. The bills should be voted on and passed by the house.

    In 2 years the house will flip back to the Republicans. Gun control has always been a loser for politicians in swing districts.

  • George November 16, 2018, 7:23 am

    So they’ll debate this around the time Otasio-Cortez gets her new apartment in the house of representatives?

  • Slim November 16, 2018, 4:42 am

    Man this is some BULL SH**T! Time to buy up all the parts kits and 80% lowers I can! Just like the bump stocks that I own that are now not legal in my state and they want us to turn in or destroy with ZERO compensation which is against our rights, yet they did it anyway! The way I look at it is if I’m a in possession of a full auto AR then WHY NOT build a REAL ONE?! They are TURNING LEGAL gun owners into CRMINALS!!!!! I bought my bump stocks, easy jig gen 2 multi platform, 80% lowers and all the parts to go with it LEGALLY THEN F**K THEM AND I WILL KEEP ALL MY GUNS AS IS UNLESS THEY PAY ME WHAT I HAVE IN THE BUILD AND FOR ALL THE HOURS IT TOOK ME TO BUILD ITANNNND THEN SOME FOR SCREWING ME… ONLY THEN I’d be willing to CONSIDER giving up my guns! But these SHADY PUKES like the above post mentioned, will simply pass some BS law like the article reflects in some back room and NONE OF US LEGAL gun owners get to VOTE ON IT! BS!!!!! I am turning into a legal gun owner that just doesn’t care what anyone says anymore when our retarded president says “grab bitches by their pussy”! I don’t listen to rapists which his OWN ex wife has said he did to her!

  • Rangemaster11B November 16, 2018, 2:33 am

    Thankfully this won’t survive the Senate to even reach the Presidential veto. Another Democrat exercise in self-gratification.

    • Mahatma Muhjesbude November 20, 2018, 5:06 pm

      It will survive and thrive in 2020 when that JFK clone BEDO who almost wiped Ted Cruz’s ass becomes POTUS and the Senate loses a few Repubs and gains a few Socialist Anti-Constitutionalists. Oh, but that will ‘never happen’, right? Right?

  • Sepp W November 15, 2018, 7:10 pm

    “It’s unclear why the bill bans the advertising of already prohibited items, but political grandstanding has always trumped logic on the anti-gun priority list.”

    It’s simple. They, the lawmakers, are ignoramuses and equally ignorant of current law.

    • Winston November 16, 2018, 10:43 am

      They are laying the groundwork for a ban on all AR’s and similar para-mil rifles by continually swaying public opinion in the white suburbs to fear the rifles and their possession by civilians.

    • Mahatma Muhjesbude November 19, 2018, 1:52 pm

      Stepp, this an old NLP marketing trick. Include something similar to what you want to sell that’s all ready out there in pragmatic application to give it credence as a support vehicle. “Well, why NOT ban assault style high cap semi-auto Black rifles. We already Ban M-16 select fire AR’s for the average by the people, of the people, for the people American Free Citizens, why not their slightly slower cousins?”

      After all, their almost just as deadly dangerous to our ‘public safety’ as full autos, and see…these are already banned. (even though technically they’re not) and big government’s ability to ‘mama-san’ everybody?”

      I always marvel at is that still–no matter what people like me have been telling everybody for years–it’s amazing that everybody still says the same thing in forums like this. They say, oh, the senate will never pass any anti-Constitutional laws, and the POTUS would veto It anyway. Well ‘they’ said this would be a great year to curb gun control because we have a complete republican controlled government?

      What are you guys going to say in less than two years when the new Anti-gun pres-elect JFK Kennedy clone who almost beat Ted Cruz in ‘Gun-loving’ Tx, no less, DOESN’T Veto it after the Leftist socialists pick up the Senate also this time?

      Oh, wait, I forgot momentarily. Then we’ll be saying Molan Labe as those tanks roll down on us accompanied by weaponized drones, and DARPA robots our SS-109 rounds just bounce off of before they take us out deploying a whole new spectrum of super leverage smart weapons? They’ll be a whole new level of vast tracts of cemetaries with veterans’ of the brief domestic terrorist citizens resistance war to the ‘New Unites Socialist States of America’ people’s government with graves with tombstones that say Here’s lies something they called a patriot and the government took their shit from their cold dead hands’.

      Between the fact that most of us are stupid and ignorant at the same time give us a great disadvantage in life. So about 50% are then very easy to indoctrinate and brainwash And the rest of us are somehow conditioned to keep saying the same things over and over like ‘aw, they’ll never do this, and they’ll never do that…’

      Even after I’ve mentioned this on so many blogs for so many years, Some how all of us have been sufficiently mind controlled where we still don’t receive the radio signals that ALL Mother Fucking gun control is Constitutionally illegal. PERIOD! END of STORY…Except for government authority to violate the Constitution any time they want.

      This simple solution is NOT kissing your poor doomed family goodbye to be left alone and abused by Totalitarian rule by going out and committing suicide by government military.

      It’s to make THEM die or at least go to prison for their treasonous Tyranny by violating the Constitutional Law of The Land and terrorizing the Free American Citizens!

      Before anybody says such igno-imbecilic nonsense again in their comments, why don’t you all watch a video on Youtube by Constitutional Attorney Publius Huldah on ‘Why all gun control is unlawful’ and then look up a couple of laws… USCC 18 241-242. And if that somehow frees you from your intransigent mind prison (again-not your fault because it’s intentional subtle mind control through and special subliminal NLP thought manipulation) so you then peruse some follow up SCOTUS court precedence substantiating these laws as strictly in effect…

      and then comment in a new dialogue on what we should do all seriously about this totally corrupt government before it becomes ‘totally totalitarian’ before it’s really too late and they will pass other laws in quick synergistic impact to where there won’t be shit to do but give it all up or die, just to prove their point that we always were as stupid as they thought we were?

      But don’t feel too bad.

  • Mike V November 15, 2018, 2:38 pm

    So this would mean LPKs and build kits as well?

    How about the roll pin that holds the trigger guard in place?

    I suppose that means my local hardware store can’t sell those now either.

  • Jaque November 15, 2018, 11:36 am

    When is enough. At what point do Americans decide that the lawmakers and the courts no longer respect the constitution as their rulebook, and stand tall in defiance?

    Are we past the point of civility, of elections, and of debate. Have we reached the point of tyranny by lawmakers that the people must act in civil disobedience?

    The proposed gun laws that communists are writing will ban the selling of gun parts, ban magazines, ban private sales, and require a serial number and registration of all home made guns. Of course if you cannot buy gun parts then home made guns becomes very difficult.

    Its clear that the proposed laws are a step in the total scheme to register all guns with the government. Of course this is a kill me first list that gives the feds a list of where to go and what guns to take. Its a national confiscation registry.

    The second amendment has been violated and watered down since it was written. The Supreme Court is the biggest violator of the Constitution but lower courts are catching up. How much longer are Americans going to allow their government to violate their rights ? When is enough ?

    It’s certain that the slide toward communism in America will insure the confiscation of privately owned arms will happen. When will enough be enough?

    • Nick November 16, 2018, 4:11 am

      I’ve asked this many times, to many people. When will the proverbial “tea party” commence. Are we really just going to talk and debate until every state imposes the left’s redirect?

    • Steve in Detroit November 16, 2018, 5:15 am

      If the Senate trades something and pass this Un-Constitutional Bill, we can only hope that Trump veto’s it. The Dem’s are signaling if they ever regain control they will look to repeal 2nd Amendment.

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