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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) by takyon on Saturday February 18 2017, @12:36AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Saturday February 18 2017, @12:36AM (#468433) Journal

    Maybe what he was doing was just barely legal (and untested in court), but the government sent in a sting operative openly posing as a former felon and being incredibly lazy/lax about pushing the button or renting the CNC mill or whatever the scheme was. All while recording the encounter and gathering evidence to lead to a conviction. There's not too many details in the article and federal law enforcement agencies tend to let those details slip... especially when the "guilty" party agrees to plead guilty. The government also turns innocents and the mentally ill into terrorists, and nailed Doug Williams in their war against polygraph countermeasures [bloomberg.com].

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  • (Score: 2) by Sulla on Saturday February 18 2017, @02:03AM

    by Sulla (5173) on Saturday February 18 2017, @02:03AM (#468456) Journal

    No. In agreement with the AC above. Guilty as hell based on current laws. He could have become an FFL but opted not to. He even made the distinction between the selling of 80 lowers and the finishing of the lower. FFL requird to transfer a lower completed more than 80%.

    I considered becoming an FFL for the hell of it and I do not recall it as being that difficult.

    How this could have been legal?
    -Sell 80 lowers he manufactured
    -Give away or sell classes on how to mill the remaining 20
    -Sell, rent, or loan the mill to the person
    -End user completes the lower themselves

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 18 2017, @05:50AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 18 2017, @05:50AM (#468496)

      And doing it in CA to boot. Last place to even want to be public with firearms. The only dumber state would be NY.