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By AWR Hawkins

Unfinished Guns

Scary unfinished gun receivers just steps away from being working real guns.

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Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  On May 13th 2014 The Washington Post ran a story expressing shock that Americans can buy parts to build their own guns – especially “unfinished receivers” for AR-15s.

They even reached out to the ATF for comment on how this allows gun owners to circumvent firearm laws.

According to The Washington Post, “the sale of unfinished receivers, also called ‘blanks’ or ’80 percent lower receivers,’ is one of the most daunting challenges for law enforcement charged with enforcing firearms regulations.”

The Post views it as daunting because such parts can be purchased from certain physical or online gun stores without leaving a registration/paper trail as would purchase of a full firearm. Moreover, buying and selling them is legal.

The Post spoke to the ATF about the sales:

ATF officials say gun enthusiasts are effectively exploiting a loophole in the law designed to regulate firearms. Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, it is illegal for an unlicensed person to make a firearm for sale or distribution. Vendors, however, say that because the receivers are not finished, they are not firearms and therefore are legal to sale and distribute.

Former Marine Dimitri Karras, of Ares Armor, sells “unfinished receivers” online and out of his Oceanside, California, online store.

He says, “It is absolutely the right of every American to defend themselves and to keep and bear arms.” He believes his receivers provide “a channel for them to do that.”

The Washington Post and the ATF were less enthusiastic. The Post reports that the ATF raided his store in March, seizing 6,000 unfinished receivers that “too closely resembled” finished ones. Amid a legal battle to have them returned, says the Post, Karras is “still in business, selling [unfinished receivers] and thumbing his nose at the government.”

(Editors Note: Exercise your right to Keep, Bear and BUILD Arms, Shop www.aresarmor.com )

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AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

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  • 5 User comments to “WAPO Wrings Hands Because True Americans Build Their Own Guns”

    1. Yeah..it’s SUCH a “Daunting Challenge” that NO Actual Cop I know of cares a whit about 80% guns..and a Lot of the Cops i know HAVE made them…just because they can.

    2. The Washington Post needs to worry about the more important issues our country is facing right now like the upcoming possibility of our dollar no longer being viewed as the world reserve currency and the destructive HealthCare law that is causing way more damage than law abiding citizens LEGALLY arming themselves for the ever increasing escalating rise of violent crimes on the unsuspecting or unarmed public. The second amendment still hold to bear that we as American citizens have the GOD given right to keep and bear arms. There is no law that says we cannot build our own guns, it states that to manufacture with intent to sell or distribute is illegal. I think our gov’t and news media need to take a long hard look in the mirror and remember the oaths the all took when WE THE PEOPLE placed them in the offices they occupy today. They have long since lost track as to who and why they are where they are. Our gov’t works for US not the other way around. America is going to wake up in the very near future and it will not be to congratulate OUR gov’t for the fine job that they have done for US.
      Mike

    3. Stop the presses! Americans can legally buy parts to make their own guns that the federal government doesn’t know about! If only WAPO cared as much about 1) “Fast and Furious” ILLEGAL gun running by the federal government to Mexico; 2) ILLEGAL targeting of conservative groups and individuals by the IRS; 3) BS and more BS and more BS from the White House, the president, the secretary of state about the abandonment of Americans in Benghazi without so much as lifting a finger to try and rescue them; 3) telling the complete truth about self-defense shootings such as the dead alleged drug dealer who attacked a “white Mexican.” But then, expecting liberals to tell the truth about much of anything seems a bit much.

    4. Chicken Little on May 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM said:

      Oh my, the sky is falling!

    5. Chuck on May 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM said:

      Lean your trade well, my friend. There will come a time when we will all need to know how to build weapons from scratch and use them against a violent government.

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