Skip to comments.ATF raids '80% complete receiver' manufacturer, looking for 'illegal guns'
Posted on 03/10/2014 8:59:22 AM PDT by marktwain
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On site vendors and gunsmiths then assist the hobbyist in final assembly.
The radio ad said you can put anything you want on it except a serial number. These weapons are legal provided they stay in the hands of the builder. They cannot be sold or given away.
I hope this answers your question.
I have been following the 80% receiver story for several years. There have been 5 or 6 80% receiver manufacturers raided during that time.
I am not aware of any of them who have ended up in jail, but every one of them were broken financially with the cost of defending themselves, not to mention seizing all their inventory, freezing their bank accounts, etc. And yes, the BATF does get the sales records and has notified the people with “illegal” 80% receivers to turn them it. I wonder how many did.
Most of the 80% receiver manufacturers have exited the business in an agreement with the BATF to get the BATF off their back (I can only remember one that is still in business and he seems to be a stubborn cuss). I am thinking that is what the intent was all along.
They don’t have to send you to jail. All they have to do is break you financially to get what they want. With the full power of the Federal Government behind them, that is childs play.
This might explain the purpose of the raid.
A good reason to pay cash and opt not to provide a name when purchasing.
Within days of registering my LLC as a machine shop two ATF goons stopped by because “they heard” I was making guns and wanted to look around. That was convenient, wasn’t it. I told them they need to present a warrant or leave immediately. They didn’t like that. I am sure they are working on it.
By the way I do not manufacture anything related to firearms.
Take a look at what is going on around you. You and your fellow citizen are subject to a full search every time you get on an airliner. That's freedom?
How about the terrorism of the IRS? You should listen to the replay of Mark Steyn on Rush today. They are auditing people who they suspect might be cheating. That's for their 2013 returns that aren't even due yet, and haven't been filed. They reveal taxpayer information for political purposes. They block right wing groups from tax exempt status.
The NSA is recording everything. Why?
The EPA fines people thousands of dollars a day for "misusing" wetlands. Guess who designates the wetlands? This same agency thinks they can legislate gas mileage and is bent on destroying the coal industry.
Even NASA is no longer really an agency interested in following its mandate. It is charged with fighting "global warming" and furthering muslim outreach.
The energy department does not produce a single barrel of oil, it hinders energy production. The education department spends billions and the children are less educated than ever. The agriculture department is engaged, primarily, in distributing food to the "needy". Is the present justice department actually meting out justice?
Your government is out of control. It is engaged in terrorizing the very citizens it is supposed to serve. If the USA as a fascist state hasn't arrived yet, it is well on it's way.
Sorry, friend, I'm in a dark mood today. The great democratic republic that the free and unfree people of the world looked to as a shining beacon is gone. America is no longer the home of the free. The world is worse off for it.
This is news to me. Are you talking about the businesses who were renting time on their CNC machines to finish 80% receivers to 100%, or are you talking about people who manufacture shaped hunks of aluminum alloy with some holes in them?
The ATF should just be disbanded. They’re a bunch of jackbooted thugs and I’ve never heard tell of anything good coming from ‘em.
ATF actually does some great work prosecuting habitual firearm offenders among thr gangbangers and drug trafficers....applying stiffer federal penalties with superior expertise in federal courts.I still think the ATF should be disbanded. We can give over that work to the FBI, along with any (probably few) ATF agents that are actually worth their salt.
Lucky the place didn’t get burned down with tanks.
Btw - this reminds me of Wilson Blair....
Actually not true. You can sell them, you just can’t be “in the business of making them for sale”. So if you make one and later decide you don’t need it, you can sell it. But you probably don’t want to make one on Friday and sell it on Saturday, nor to make and sell 10 a year or something.
I suspect they’ll “find” child porn or a second set of books or both.
So the guys in trouble for following the rules? I know a lot of bureaucrats like that.
Remember the olden days back when it was the Constitution that determined things and not the unelected portions executive branch.
Fixed it for you. Many more have taken their place, but it is probably only time until they are raided, too.
BTW, having "build parties" is what tripped up a few of them. And, having a CNC machine programmed to machine it, leaving you only having to push the "on" button was another one.
A previous injection moulded plastic lower manufacturer offered one that was complete except for enlarging the undersized existing holes in the sides. Since it took VERY little time to injection mould a lower, just enlarging the holes was truly 20% of the work time. They are no longer in business. My guess is that the latest one was just too easy to complete.
Thanks. I was relieved to see that Brownells still had 80% lowers on their web site. I seem to recall an article describing a Chinese concern which was calculating their upcoming shipments by the ton. There must be a lot of interest.
Gun owners are so accident-prone these days that it seems like a lot of work just to see one's carefully crafted receiver sink to the bottom of a lake. Future generations may be mystified by the hazards to navigation created by such hobbyists.
They were after the customer list...that is why they let him go.