A new proposed federal gun bill in the House seeks to ban the sale and possession of 80 percent lower receivers for semi-auto rifles.
The benefit of such receivers is that if you buy one and complete the work yourself, there is no need for the gun to have a serial number as long as it remains in your possession for personal use. It’s sort of a loophole in the current serial number requirement laws.
It’s not surprising that such a process would become the target of anti-gun legislation. What is surprising is the scope of the bill that has been proposed.
The bill text (H.R. 2910) reads, in part:
SEC. 101. DO-IT-YOURSELF ASSAULT WEAPON BAN.
(b) Prohibited Acts- It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, manufacture for sale, or import into the United States for sale, to a consumer-
(1) an assault weapon parts kit; or
SEC. 103. DEFINITIONS.
(a) Terms- For purposes of this title-
(1) the term ‘assault weapon parts kit’ means any part or combination of parts not designed and intended for repair or replacement but designed and intended to enable a consumer who possesses all such necessary parts to assemble a semiautomatic assault weapon; (emphasis added)