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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 18 2017, @12:10AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 18 2017, @12:10AM (#468423)

    Because of technology, laws are interpreted to the point of absurdity now (but they have to be). Cody Wilson's "push one button to finish your receiver" is perfectly legal and Cody is not breaking the law by selling it as long as he's NOT the one pushing the GO button on someone else's receiver. With automated machining, the person pushing the GO button is the manufacturer.

    Crownshield would have been okay if set up a CNC machine to go as long as the owner [of the 80% receiver] had put it in the CNC machine and pushed the GO button himself.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday February 18 2017, @12:28AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Saturday February 18 2017, @12:28AM (#468428) Journal

    Cody Wilson pushed the boundaries just enough without going too far, since the 80% lower trick existed before he came along with Ghost Gunner. Crownshield took that extra step in order to attract even lazier customers, and got wrecked by the government for it.

    That said, maybe Crownshield did do just enough to shield his ass, but the government stung him and managed to get him to slip up, like they did with Doug Williams [bloomberg.com].

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