H.R. 7115, New Attempt to Ban Building AR-15s and Lower Parts Kits

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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- If your hobby is building firearms like AR-15s then your favorite pastime is in jeopardy. Rep Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ) has introduced House bill H.R. 7115 which is also known as the “3D Firearms Prohibitions Act” into the US House of Representatives. Contrary to the bill's name it does more than just ban 3D printed firearms.

H.R. 7115 reads: “To 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.”

What is disturbing about the proposed law is how little it has to do with 3D printing of firearms. 3D printed firearms is the latest buzzword that anti-gun advocates are using to scare the uninformed masses. By attaching “3D printed firearms” to the bill, its chances of passing with popular appeal increases. If H.R. 7115 fails, the Democrats will rail against Republicans for keeping 3D printed guns legal.

The bill will ban the selling and all forms of advertising of parts kits for modern sporting rifles. Upper and Lower parts kit allow a user to build their guns using a stripped lower or upper receiver and upgrade existing guns.

In a vast majority of these situations, the user buys a serialized lower receiver through a licensed gun dealer. These serialized lower receivers are considered firearms and fall under all state and federal firearms laws. They require a background check like any other firearm.

By preventing the sale of parts kits, the bill would make it almost impossible to repair a rifle. When something breaks, the gun would be useless. The bill doesn't seem to exempt licensed gunsmiths from the law. It would make all semi-automatic rifles impossible to repair even by a licensed gunsmith.

The writers of the bill also did not specify their definition of a parts kit. A drop-in trigger could run afoul of this new law if the federal government decides to define such a device as a “parts kit.” It leaves the door wide open for more gun bans by redefining “parts kit.”

Gun rights groups see this bill as a way Democrats are using scare tactics to inhibit our Constitutionally protected right to bear arms. Gun Owners of America has already taken up the fight to defeat this bill in Congress.

“While most gun owners were focused on the midterm elections, anti-gunners in Congress snuck in a “Parts Kit Gun Ban” (H.R. 7115) that is a one-two punch on the First and Second Amendments, ” said Erich Pratt, Executive Director of GOA. “Not only does this bill go after parts kits, which typically aren’t the choice of criminals, it attempts to restrict speech about these items on the Internet.”

The bill would also ban the sale of 80% lower receivers. An 80% lower receiver is a lower receiver that is not entirely milled out and therefore not considered a firearm. The user needs to use a CNC machine, drill press or router to complete the process before the owner can turn it into a working firearm. These lowers are big among the hobbyist, but most gun owners do not purchase these receivers dur to the extra work.

AmmoLand News searched for cases where a criminal used one of these non-serialized lower receivers in a crime, but we couldn't find but a single case. Most likely there are easier ways for a criminal to get a gun rather than using an expensive CNC machine or drill press to make one at home.

The bill would require a dealer to serialize any firearms that a hobbyist makes. The dealer would only be able to charge the actual cost of assigning the serial number and running the background check. The dealer would not be able to charge for things such as engraving the serial number, or for the time it takes for the paperwork and contacting the agencies. Essentialy forcing them to work for free.

Since businesses need to make a profit to stay open, we can assume that most if not all would not offer this service since they would be losing money on every transaction. This clause seems to be put in place for this very reason.

Where is the actual part of the bill that deals with 3D printed guns?

There isn't any part dealing with that subject matter. Much like Democrats in the 80s using “Die Hard 2” claiming that Glocks can defeat metal detectors to pass a gun control bill, they are doing the same thing with the irrational fear over 3D printed guns.

With Democrats coming to power in the US House of Representatives there is a good chance this or a similar bill could pass the House. The Senate will be the Second Amendments firewall and we have seen who weak the Republicans can be. All gun owners need to contact their representatives and urge them to vote against this flawed bill.


About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is an NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot-News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

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You don’t need CNC mill to finish an 80% receiver.
And a drill press alone wouldn’t be a great choice, but it’s possible.
A cheap drill press can run around $100, not exactly a major expense.
This “journalist” is as uninformed about finishing a lower as most gun grabbers are about firearms.
And that really doesn’t look, looking as foolish as the grabbers.

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Donald Trump
Rudy Parayo
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Rudy Parayo

What next, will the Democrats introduce legislation forcing ALL NRA members into re-education camps to indoctrinate/brainwash them to believe that firearms are bad and that we should pledge eyernal loyalty and unconditional obedience to the beloved Democratic legislators who are “striving” to protect us from harming ourselves and others. Never mind the Constitution.

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Tonkcatcher

I used to know a Rudy Parayo that went to FLETEC in Glynco, GA. Would you be him?

Rambo
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Rambo

The NRA Lost $55M last year! They have an ad at the top of Google when you do a search. Every time you click on that add, it costs them $6.50! We’ve got about a thousand people clicking it 30-40 times each!!! How soon before they have to get another $30M from Russia???

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Rattlerjake

You actually think that you and your horde of snowflakes is causing the NRA to go bankrupt? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The NRA has been losing ground for many years. WHY? Because true 2nd amendment supporters are sick of the political compromising that the “overpaid” NRA board members are engaged in. The federal government and multiple states continue to add to the unconstitutional laws that violate our unalienable and constitutionally protected right to bear arms while the NRA sits on their thumbs! I’ve been a Life Member since the early ’80’s but they lost my support at least 20 years ago because of… Read more »

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WarEagle82

Who is editing these article? There are grammar errors all over the first several paragraphs.

Papa
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Papa

Who gives a F$&k about grammar?
Pay attention to the article!!

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

That’s the solution, make excuses for why you’re ignorant or uneducated. There was a time when “perfection” was a sign of pride, but today’s America wants everyone to know just how STUPID they have become!

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Gregory Romeu

@rattlesnake, I have told you before about this issue that things look good grammatically on the end of the sender but when they push the SEND button, resident memory in the programming switches things around and back to any error that may have been corrected. PAY ATTENTION TO TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE ISSUES! Much like why Ammoland can’t give us the option to EDIT our prose!

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

Yeah right, blame the software! Funny that no one else is having that problem, they are just writing like 3rd graders. Today’s America – NEVER accept your fault, blame inanimate objects like guns, software………. oh I forgot, it’s Trump’s fault!

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Gregory Romeu

@rattlesnake, I have told you before about this issue that things look good grammatically on the end of the sender but when they push the SEND button, resident memory in the programming switches things around and back to any error that may have been corrected. PAY ATTENTION TO TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE ISSUES! Much like why Ammoland can’t give us the option to EDIT our prose!

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Rattlerjake

Again:
Yeah right, blame the software! Funny that no one else is having that problem, they are just writing like 3rd graders. Today’s America – NEVER accept your fault, blame inanimate objects like guns, software………. oh I forgot, it’s Trump’s fault!

D Bruce Smith
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D Bruce Smith

If you want to grade papers you should have been a school teacher.

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

“Who is editing these article? (sic)” Maybe you should learn grammar/spelling before you try correcting others!

Ken
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Ken

Who gives a $hit, about Grammer errors, what’s the point here, English test or nra conversation. ‘RD’-TIDE!

Joe
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Joe

If America is supposed to be the land of the free then our constitutional rights are constantly being attacked. Our elected officials are pushing us to being like we are under communist rule. So how can they say we are the land of the free. I am a tax paying citizen and a responsible gun owner and I want to protect my 2nd ammendment rights.

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Brandon o

Let’s keep going with these liberals train of thought, first they ban one type of fire arm, than another and another, soon they will be trying to ban bows then knives and soon we won’t be allowed to think for our selves, and we will be back with a tyrannical government just like the one we left when our fore fathers took up the gauntlet and set out for a new world to pursue their Christian faith, and how did they win their freedom? With 4 things – GOD, Hard Work, Sacrifice, and Guns. The forfathers knew one day liberty… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

What a drama queen! Grow up!!!

Farmer
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Farmer

Brilliant comment. Did you stay up all night composing that cupcake?

Macofjack
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Macofjack

@Farmer – It took Ray a lot longer than all night! LOL

Ray
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Ray

Another one who needs a gun to make of for his physical deficits for satisfying women…

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

You know a lot about that, do you, ray? I think that you are projecting.

Johnny Reb
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Johnny Reb

The word is out that ray and gay rhyme …

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

Ray, Your man-toy says otherwise. Seems you can’t find the hole no matter how much fudge is around it!

Gregory Romeu
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Gregory Romeu

@Ray, The forefathers even envisioned somebody like you coming along, making the comments you’re making right now. That’s why they drafted such an iron clad document!

Ray
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Ray

It’s amazing, I didn’t know you had Wi-Fi in the mountains… other than the 2nd Amendment, can you name the other’s? Let start with the 25th, so we can rid ourselves of that Commie loving traitor that’s in the WH! But I imagine all of you where knee pads for that Commie loving traitor and believe all the crap he shovels every day to America! If you were a REAL American, you would do everything in your power to rid us of that moron who is putting out country on the path to financial ruin! But you are correct, you… Read more »

Farmer
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Farmer

Are you a Russian by chance, cupcake?

Rambo
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Rambo

https://shareblue.com/trump-russia-meeting-putin-g-20/?fbclid=IwAR3cw5spItg-B7s39BfFIHdZPGWjEi04qh8sNa1rpBaze3Oup5K_eqUYWJU
That Commie loving traitor Trump has Russia loving him…you guys better get your guns ready, it”s only a matter of time before we get invaded by the Russians thanks to that Commie
loving POS we have in the WH!!!

MacofJack
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MacofJack

@Rambo Well you sure are now what your name says! Commie loving Trump? Sounds more like you are looking in a mirror and trying to cover up what you see!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Rambo, Russia’s economy is about the same size as the state of Texas. Putin may invade Estonia, but not the US.
Now, why is Trump a POS? He lowered federal income tax rates on the middle class, reduced regulations so that the steel industry is back and other businesses are hiring, and does not take a salary. What is the problem?

Ray
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Ray

You obviously need a gun to make up for your physical deficiencies with the ladies…

Rayskryptonite
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Rayskryptonite

Your mama didn’t mind about my deficiencies …

MacofJack
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MacofJack

@ray is your alter ego named Nomad? Sure sound like it. And what’s your excuse? Even a gun would not help you!

ANONYMOUS
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ANONYMOUS

Yo I disagree

I won’t say on what that’s for you all to figure out

Macofjack
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Macofjack

@Gary McClellan – Did you really think liberals told the truth?

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Qhorse13

@Donald Trumps Asshole- you think the forefathers didn’t have the foresight to know forearms would progress to where one day someone would invent a repeating, multi-round capable capable firearm? They had the foresight to prevent a tyrannical oppressive government from taking over here so they put that clause in the constitution. They weren’t stupid, and if you think they weren’t smart enough to know that firearms wouldn’t progress with time, your stupid. Everyone knows everything progresses in time. I know one day cars will be able to fly, guns will eventually be projectile-less or be some sort of laser type… Read more »

John Timmins
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John Timmins

Ain’t that the TRUTH

TJ Kardozza
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TJ Kardozza

Seems how back then the first rapid fire rifle was called the defence rifle that was made in the 1700’s id say that that was more or less the first sport rifle ever introduced into the world. I think this is just a stepping stone for then to take make us be the lambs that will be sluaghtered. What happens when u disarm legally armed citizens??? The criminals win and the rest of us have no choice but to stand by helpless. This is completely bullsh*t and they know it. Great job America, now here comes the next civil war!

Ray D.
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Ray D.

The Puckle Gun invented by James Puckle in 1718

Ray Morris
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Ray Morris

To argue most regulation is garbage, just one topic. I find it insane that people push for gun control and say regulations and restrictions are lawful or even helpful. The Revolution was started over gun control….2A was meant to be absolute, the people as armed as the state, and a “hands off” description to Government Officials….but they dont interpret it that way…our officials need to read the Federalist Papers and look into what the Founders thought and practiced. The supreme court should do the people a favor and do some research before signing anything that infringes a right of their… Read more »

Jack von Bloeker IV
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Jack von Bloeker IV

VERY well said Ray. Thank you for your comment. This is 1 of the most well thought out, intelligent arguments I’ve ever heard to support the 2nd amendment.

RicksterAR
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RicksterAR

Ray Morris THANK YOU , WELL SAID !!

Gary McClellan
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Gary McClellan

I THOUGHT THESE JERK OFFS TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION IT IS ALL BOUT CONTROLLING THE MASSES, SLAVES ONE AND ALL WE WILL BECOME IF WE DON’T STOP THESE MORONIC CONTROL FREAKS.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Gary M, The lineage of “moronic control freaks” goes back almost to the day after the Constitution was written. Alexander Hamilton posed the question (paraphrased) now that you have given these people all these Rights, how will you control them. Shumer, Pelosi, the Clintons and a lot of other wealthy, elitist, would be tyrants ask themselves the same question every day. Hamilton looked at the pubs and came to the conclusion that ordinary people are incapable of controlling themselves much less governing themselves. The political history of the US is replete with politicians, from both “parties”, that have come to… Read more »