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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, @02:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 18 2017, @02:11AM (#468458)

    "Note that the legal definition of this 'gun' is just the one particular piece which has the serial number."

    The portion of the gun that is the magazine or allows a detachable magazine connect to is "the firearm". This is the receiver (or frame on small arms like pistols).

      A legally manufactured firearm by an FFL holder will have the serial number on this part. Firearms made from 80% parts won't have a serial number.

  • (Score: 2) by computersareevil on Monday February 20 2017, @05:47PM

    by computersareevil (749) on Monday February 20 2017, @05:47PM (#469348)

    That is not true for all guns.

    On many SIG rifles, for example, the upper receiver is the serialized "firearm". It does not have a magazine nor accept a detachable magazine. Which part is serialized is up to the manufacturer, within boundaries set by the BATFE.