With the shootings in Aurora and Sandy Hook, gun control has been on the radar for much of 2012 and 2013 — and it’s not looking like it will stop anytime soon in 2014.
Feinstein has been busy pushing her S.150 bill (her “assault weapons ban of 2013″) and Obama is saying that gun-control will be the “central issue” of his final term in office.
There’s increasing pressure to shut down the “gun show loophole” as well as restrict private firearms sales, and there’s even talk of preventing the passing down of firearms to heirs (in other words, your firearms must be turned into the government upon your passing).
Let’s also not forget the UN Arms Trade Treaty that Obama is in favor of which is setting the stage for a national gun registry.
Before you brush it off as harmless, remember what happened in Hitler’s Germany – what started as an innocuous gun registry by the Weimar Republic prior to Hitler’s reign provided Hitler easy access to confiscate the firearms of those Jews who were in possession of them.
If the national gun registry were to take place here it would be no different. It would be easy pickings for those wanting complete gun confiscation — leaving you with no means of protecting yourself from a SHTF event or a tyrannical government.
The Second Amendment is there for a reason folks.
So is there anyway around this?
Getting Around Gun Registration
Many states (including mine) require all individuals who sell, transfer, inherit, or lose a firearm to report the sale, transfer, inheritance, or loss of the firearm with the state — gun registration is alive and well.
But there is a way around this…that is still completely legal (Note: please don’t take this as legal advice. Be sure to check your own state for laws and requirements)…and that is, through building your own.
Per provisions of the Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, an unlicensed individual may make a “firearm” as defined in the GCA for his own personal use, but not for sale or distribution.
And that’s the catch.
You can make one for your own personal use so long as you don’t sell it or distribute it.
This is good news for preppers.
This means no background checks and no serial numbers…again, completely legal.
If you’re thinking, “Yeah Erich, but I don’t have the skills to build my own gun.” Think again. Nowadays it’s a lot easier than people think.
Take an AR-15 for example – the dreaded “assault weapon”.
The only part on the AR-15 that is considered a “firearm” is the stripped lower receiver – the location where the serial number is normally engraved on:
All the other parts can be bought for cash from your local gun store or even online and they’ll ship it to your home without any need for an FFL or background check.Yes, that means the magazines, the barrel, the bolt-carrier group, the trigger assembly, the pistol grip, and so on.
On the other hand, if you try to purchase just the stripped lower receiver you will be required to get a background check. And they cannot be shipped to your house unless you have an FFL or you ship it to an FFL that does the transfer for you.
Well, what many preppers don’t know is they sell what’s called “80% lowers” for the AR-15 as well as other firearms. These are not considered firearms because they are not complete (they are 80% complete) and can be shipped to your home.
According to the ATF, they are nothing but a cool-looking paperweight:
They require you to use a milling machine to mill out the unfinished areas to make it a functioning lower receiver – – not something most people have the skill-set to do.
However, for the AR-15 especially, there are jigs that you can purchase that can be fitted with these 80% lowers that only require you to have some milling bits, a drillpress and the ability to follow directions and you can have yourself a functioning lower receiver completely off the books:
And even better yet, some companies are now producing 80% lowers made from polymer plastics. These only require you to have a Dremel tool or even just a normal electric drill and you can mill out your own lower receiver in about an hours time.
Here’s a video showing how this is done: