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posted by Fnord666 on Friday February 17 2017, @11:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the courts-aren't-buying-it dept.

It's still illegal to manufacture firearms for others without a license.

A Sacramento, California man was sentenced Thursday to over three years in prison for unlawful manufacture of a firearm and one count of dealing firearms.

Last year, Daniel Crownshield, pleaded guilty to those counts in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping other charges. According to investigators, Crowninshield, known online as "Dr. Death," would sell unfinished AR-15 lower receivers, which customers would then pay for him to transform into fully machined lower receivers using a computer numerically controlled (CNC) mill. (In October 2014, Cody Wilson, of Austin, Texas, who has pioneered 3D-printed guns, began selling a CNC mill called "Ghost Gunner," designed to work specifically on the AR-15 lower.)

"In order to create the pretext that the individual in such a scenario was building his or her own firearm, the skilled machinist would often have the individual press a button or put his or her hands on a piece of machinery so that the individual could claim that the individual, rather than the machinist, made the firearm," the government claimed in its April 14 plea agreement.

So, if he taught a class in how to do it would he also then be a criminal?

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by DaTrueDave on Friday February 17 2017, @11:47PM

    by DaTrueDave (3144) on Friday February 17 2017, @11:47PM (#468408)

    It's my understanding (recollection based on looking into this years ago) that no license is needed to make a firearm for yourself, but if you wish to transfer (sell) it, it has to be done through someone with a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 17 2017, @11:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 17 2017, @11:55PM (#468412)

    When you make a firearm, it does not get a serial number and it's illegal to sell. I'm sure you could pay the ATF ALOT of money and get it serialized but, it's usually not worth it. Only you can [legally] own that gun.

    • (Score: 2) by FakeBeldin on Saturday February 18 2017, @08:56AM

      by FakeBeldin (3360) on Saturday February 18 2017, @08:56AM (#468532) Journal

      Only you can [legally] own that gun.

      What happens after your passing away? The gun becomes de facto illegal?

      • (Score: 2) by linkdude64 on Saturday February 18 2017, @01:05PM

        by linkdude64 (5482) on Saturday February 18 2017, @01:05PM (#468571)

        I don't know, but to all the world it would look like a gun whose serial number was scratched off (i.e. it's a murder weapon), so you could either pretend that you made it yourself, or chop it into tiny pieces and scatter the bits into recycling bins over the course of a month or two. If you lived in California, I'd say it's not worth the risk, because this state is really like its own separate nation within the US.