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Posted By FFL Dealer Network on 11/21/2018 in Firearm News

HR 7115 80 Percent Receiver Ban



HR 7115 80 Percent Receiver Ban

House Bill Calls for Banning Unfinished Receivers

A bill to highly restrict 80 percent receivers and making guns at home was introduced in the House of Representatives in Washington. 

The opening section of HR 7115 says the proposal will "prohibit the sale, acquisition, distribution in commerce, or import into the United States of certain firearm receiver castings or blanks, assault weapon parts kits, and machinegun parts kits and the marketing or advertising of such castings or blanks and kits on any medium of electronic communications, to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers, and for other purposes."

In regular English, the bill seeks a receiver ban on 80 percent lowers according to the sponsors. A close reading of the bill shows it goes much further than that. In fact, 80 percent lowers are never mentioned in the bill. 

The bill says in part "certain firearm receiver castings or blanks, assault weapon parts kits, and machinegun parts kits" are banned if the bill becomes law. What is are "castings or blanks" under the law? The bill says, a blank is something that, "after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault weapon or machinegun or the frame of a handgun." 



BLANKING OUT

So what is a blank or a casting? Venom Defense turned "zero percent lower" into an 80 percent lower in this video. Under this bill as it is written, any kind of metal block can be banned because it can be turned into a firearm. 

At the same time, the bill wants to add regulations, requiring serial numbers is one instance, to homemade firearms. This means making guns at home is legal. Given the bill seeks to ban "blanks," the question then becomes, which part of the law is enforced? Is the ban on blanks legal or is making guns at home legal? 

The bill also wants to stop advertising, which brings up the issue of First Amendment rights

ASSAULT RIFLES

The bill specifically addresses "assault rifles" by name in several places. It defines the gun as "a semiautomatic rifle or semiautomatic shotgun that has the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device." In other words, a Ruger 10/22 is an assault rifle as are some Browning BARs, the Remington 750 Woodsmaster and many others. 

Handguns are also included, especially semiautos. If the handgun has a detachable mag or "any one of the features described in subsection (b)," then it is on the restricted and banned list. 



For some reason, the bill's writers carved an exemption only for semi-auto tube-fed .22s. The bill's proscription "does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with .22 caliber (sic) rimfire ammunition." The fate of the various .17 calibers and anything bigger than a .22 in semiauto are in danger under the current wording of the bill. Is a Remington 1100 legal or not? In a strict reading of the proposal, the venerable 1100 is an assault weapon and subject to restriction. 

ROCK & ROLL

HR 7115 also says making machine guns at home is illegal. This is already part of federal law. Possession of full auto firearms without the appropriate tax stamp is a federal felony and can land a person in jail for many years. 

DEAD FOR NOW

The receiver ban bill shows little sign of gaining any traction in the Republican-held House. What happens when the Democrats take over in January remains to be seen. Drafted by New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone, the bill has 16 co-sponsors, all Democrat and all from liberal states or left-leaning areas of a state.

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