Below The Radar: Untraceable Firearms Act of 2019

Ghost Gunner Miniature CNC Machine
Ghost Gunner Miniature CNC Machine

U.S.A.-( Second Amendment supporters should always remember the comments of Nelson “Pete” Shields – not only because it is a warning of what anti-Second Amendment extremists want, but because what Shields described is a multi-step solution.

The first problem was to slow down the number of firearms, which isn’t quite happening. In some cases, they are now trying to skip to the “second problem” Shields outlined, getting guns registered. One of the tools they are trying is HR 3553, the Untraceable Firearms Act of 2019, introduced by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI).

Cicilline has introduced a number of anti-Second Amendment bills, and we will undoubtedly go over more of them later. But this one merits attention, as it targets one growing hobby of Second Amendment supporters: Building their own guns.

This is particularly the case with AR-15-type modern multi-purpose semiautomatic rifles. What is known as 80 percent receivers are sold, and people can then build their own firearms. This has gone on since before the United States declared independence. The 80 percent receivers are just the latest iteration.

Of course, if you build a firearm for yourself, you don’t need a Federal Firearms License. You don’t have to put a serial number on the gun. In short, this is a gun that is very hard to confiscate, which doesn’t make anti-Second Amendment extremists happy.

Cicilline’s legislation intends to change that, by making this long-standing hobby illegal, and slaps the hobbyists with a potential five-year federal prison sentence. It’s not like there aren’t already laws that address providing any sort of firearm to bad guys. Oh, yeah, there are – 18 USC 922(d) and 18 USC 922(g), along with provisions in 18 USC 924.

Really, if you want to deal with the alleged “issues” of those who make guns with the intention of providing them to bad guys, the tools are already there. They just have to be used. This is where programs like Project Guardian can make a difference, not just in reducing the types of incidents used to whip up attacks on our rights, but also in pointing out that we don’t need new laws – we can use existing laws and not attack the Second Amendment.

This sort of logic is quite obvious, so we certainly have every right to wonder why Representative Cicilline wants to push a new law that won’t solve the problem. Second Amendment supporters should contact their Senators and Representative and politely urge them to oppose HR 3553, and to instead support efforts like Project Guardian.


About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post,, and other national websites.

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Deplorable Bill

Tyranny under cover of law. There is NOTHING in the 2A that says anything about registering firearms. The person who wrote this bill should be arrested and tried under treason for disavowing her oath.

Arm up, carry on.


But is it legal? There’s no prohibition against registration either. We need to make sure it can’t happen at the state level.


loveaduck. . . . Please pay attention to the part of the Second Amendment that states ” . . . shall not be infringed.” Registration is an infringement on my 2nd Amendment rights!


These politicians are going to keep it up to where they are in serious trouble.
These idiots kill me, during the C19 Scamdemic states Governors have taken on NEW roles (Dictatorial ones), that are unconstitutional and illegal also by Federal Laws.Door to door C19 Armies with armed escorts.Fines and imprisonment for non compliance.
If I read this correctly THEY are already guilty of criminal acts, this applies to ANYONE(Feds/State/Local)
U.S.C. Title 18 Section:242.


The communists will one day succeed in seeing their disarmament bills become law. It will most certainly be within a decade. What are the gun rights organizations going to do then, and what are these organizations doing now ? They wont advocate anything illegal, but its clear that any civilian actions to defy such laws will most certainly be illegal acts when the resistance goes to active measures. And preparing for active measures are what we should be planning for now. We should be planning for another event- November elections. When Trump wins a second term the communists will raise… Read more »


The left is always acting out of hatred, it is all they know.


Their hatred is based on their ENVY…

a.x. perez

The Sten gun is designed to be made in home workshops.
People on the Afghan- Pakistani border make a wide variety of
firearms by hand. This law is essentially unenforceable.


Jaque . . . . Yes. if anyone comes at me to start trouble or attempt to take my guns I will give them to them . . .BULLETS FIRST!!! ARM UP AND CARRY ON!!!


The homebuilt submachine gun is and has been for many decades one of the simplest and easiest firearms to construct there ever was. I really do not understand what all of the hysterical crap is now about having a homebuilt firearm with no serial number. They have been around for a very long time!