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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 mhajicek on Saturday February 18 2017, @07:38PM

    by mhajicek (51) on Saturday February 18 2017, @07:38PM (#468695)

    The problem is that it was obviously the intent of the founders that the people be armed, in large part to keep the government in check. This is made plain if you read their letters. They made it clear that they expected another revolution to be needed eventually. One without the right to be armed is not truly free, and as someone who has never experienced freedom you cannot be expected to understand.

    Sneaky workarounds like banning manufacture or banning ammunition should be seen as the violations they truly are.

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  • (Score: 2) by FakeBeldin on Saturday February 18 2017, @08:01PM

    by FakeBeldin (3360) on Saturday February 18 2017, @08:01PM (#468707) Journal

    Indeed, that is how I understood the common view of the intent of the 2nd amendment is indeed.
    Unfortunately, the 2nd amendment doesn't prevent the sneaky workarounds.
    In a case of blistering irony, getting rid of such sneaky workarounds will probably require a revolution.