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Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part
Tech Crunch ^ | July 9, 2014 | John Biggs

Posted on 07/09/2014 2:46:56 AM PDT by lbryce

A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O’Fama (get it?) has posted an video of his 3D printed Ruger Charger receiver. This single part, which usually holds the serial number and is an integral part of the firing mechanism, is, technically, the only part that defines a weapon as an actual gun. By printing his (or her) own, O’Fama has essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms to be registered with the federal government. Unlike the 3D printed Liberator, this 3D-printed part requires very little structural support and is simply used to guide the mechanism while firing. In other words, you can buy all the parts for a Ruger Charger (a 22 calibre rimfire semiautomatic that is essentially a Ruger 10/22 rifle in pistol form) online – except the receiver. O’Fama is doing little novel here. Gunmakers wishing to exert their rights can buy “80% completed” receivers online now and, with the help of a guide and a drill press, complete the parts at home. In fact, his two piece receiver seems a little dangerous as it requires the user to print it in two pieces and then stick them together. He has not made the model available for download, either.

In an Anonymous-esque voiceover, O’Fama says: “You may not condone the activity, but the fact remains that we are now living in a time when deadly weapons can be printed with the push of a button. The notion that any item so easily created could be eradicated from the earth is pure fantasy. The capacity to defend my family is a fundamental human right. If you take my gun, I will simply print another one. “

*SNIP*


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3dprinting; banglist; buckofama
All hail Buck O'Fama! I've seen all kinds of highly clever, creative names for our glorious leader here at FR but none comes close to Buck O'Fama!
1 posted on 07/09/2014 2:46:57 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Ah, but only firearms FOR SALE are required to have a serial number!


2 posted on 07/09/2014 2:50:12 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: lbryce

Priceless!


3 posted on 07/09/2014 2:53:14 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Refuse to remain silent.)
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To: lbryce
Your link doesn't work for me.
4 posted on 07/09/2014 3:24:41 AM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: wastoute

That’s right. It’s not skirting the law at all. I can legally build any gun I want (non full auto) for my own use.


5 posted on 07/09/2014 3:37:39 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: YankeeinOkieville
Try this link.

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I, for one, welcome our new Cybernetic Overlords /.
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6 posted on 07/09/2014 3:44:23 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (The fool is always greater than the proof.)
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To: lbryce
A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O’Fama

PRICELESS!!!

7 posted on 07/09/2014 4:27:42 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Yes. It doesn’t work for me, either. I copied the link and formatted it but something was done improperly. But you were kind enough to make a workable link. Sorry about the inconvenience and thanks for your courtesy and consideration in creating one that does. I’m going to check out what I did wrong and let you know. Thanks again.


8 posted on 07/09/2014 4:28:34 AM PDT by lbryce (Barack Obama:Misbeubjecs en Bastard OffSpring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/09/gunmaker-skirts-laws-by-3d-printing-a-single-firearmpart/
utm_campaign=sfgplus&%3Fncid=sfgplus

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/09/gunmaker-skirts-laws-by-3d-printing-a-single-firearm-part/

The first link is the one that was in the url address bar that I copied in full.
The second link is the one you used. I copied the link as I thought it would work. Why the additional letters in the url (utm_campaign=sfgplus&%3Fncid=sfgplus)were included I don’t know. But thanks to you we’ve get it to work.


9 posted on 07/09/2014 4:34:37 AM PDT by lbryce (Barack Obama:Misbeubjecs en Bastard OffSpring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

Thanks to you, as well.


10 posted on 07/09/2014 4:35:31 AM PDT by lbryce (Barack Obama:Misbeubjecs en Bastard OffSpring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: SampleMan; wastoute

You’ve got my curiosity up. Under current law, if someone builds their own gun, for their own use, what kind of legal restrictions are there? Any?


11 posted on 07/09/2014 4:38:15 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: lbryce
Remember the Buck Fush bumper stickers?
12 posted on 07/09/2014 5:04:50 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Balding_Eagle

“.......by politicizing the entire operation and turning it into what amounts to a thumb in the nose of “government overreach” you hurt the entire 3D printing and making industry. The right to bear arms shall not be infringed, etc. etc. but you don’t have to be smarmy about it.”..

Well stated. Don’t give them anymore information than needed. Just get it done but quietly.


13 posted on 07/09/2014 5:09:01 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Balding_Eagle

“.......by politicizing the entire operation and turning it into what amounts to a thumb in the nose of “government overreach” you hurt the entire 3D printing and making industry. The right to bear arms shall not be infringed, etc. etc. but you don’t have to be smarmy about it.”..

Well stated. Don’t give them anymore information than needed. Just get it done but quietly.


14 posted on 07/09/2014 5:09:01 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Balding_Eagle

Excellent tagline.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 5:12:13 AM PDT by lbryce (Barack Obama:Misbeubjecs en Bastard OffSpring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: lbryce

Wanted to correct my own tagline that somehow I screwed up.


16 posted on 07/09/2014 5:16:17 AM PDT by lbryce (Barack Obama:Misbegotten, Bastard Offspring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: lbryce

Thanks, I revived it, I used it here years ago, After seeing the movie ‘America’ I thought it appropriate.


17 posted on 07/09/2014 5:25:56 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: DaveA37

You must have posted to the wrong person.

I was the one who asked about the legality of building your own gun.


18 posted on 07/09/2014 5:29:53 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

State laws vary, of course, but under Fed law one may make any type of firearm they are not prohibited from possessing. The only restrictions are on NFA firearms, which require registration and a making tax paid. MGs can no longer be made for non le/mil use. And they cannot be made with the intent to resell.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 5:37:08 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: lbryce
O’Fama has essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms to be registered with the federal government.

Um. No. But thanks for playing.

20 posted on 07/09/2014 5:48:27 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
This is the tagline I was referring to.

"If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years."

21 posted on 07/09/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT by lbryce (Barack Obama:Misbegotten, Bastard Offspring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: lbryce

Nice article (I like the 3-D printing part), except for screwing up basic facts.

This appears to show an “upper receiver” for an AR-style rifle having been printed. I can buy those by the truckload and not have to fill out any paperwork.

The part that bears the serial number is the LOWER receiver - which is the part requiring an FFL to transfer, once it is part a certain point in the machining process.

Typical...


22 posted on 07/09/2014 6:10:45 AM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: lbryce

I am always reminded of A.E. van Vogt’s The Weapon Shops of Isher when I read of 3D printing of firearms.

Good stuff.


23 posted on 07/09/2014 6:11:57 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: lbryce

Liberals use the phrase “skirting the law” when someone

COMPLIES WITH THE LAW

and thwarts their intent to curtail liberty.


24 posted on 07/09/2014 6:14:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: admin; castlebrew

never mind.

Admin Mod - please delete post. Wish that FR had a delete button on the commenter’s side...


25 posted on 07/09/2014 6:14:59 AM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: castlebrew

“3D printed Ruger Charger receiver”

That’s a Ruger 10/22 receiver. Classic FR posting without reading the article. They know what they’re doing, at least on this one.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 6:16:23 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: lbryce

“essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms to be registered with the federal government.”

BS. The law allows for this, so is doing anything else that is legal and defined by law “skirting the law”? This article was written no doubt by a liberal.


27 posted on 07/09/2014 6:43:35 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: beef

The same for Nuck Fewt.


28 posted on 07/09/2014 8:06:31 AM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: Balding_Eagle

You can’t sell it. Can’t take it across state lines.


29 posted on 07/09/2014 9:26:29 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Can’t be a class 3 weapon. That’s it.


30 posted on 07/09/2014 9:28:50 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

A 10/22 rimfire firearm is hardly something you need to ‘skirt’ Fed laws for — at least not yet.


31 posted on 07/09/2014 10:48:44 AM PDT by expat2
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To: wastoute

Incorrect.


32 posted on 07/09/2014 10:53:10 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: SampleMan

You can make all NFA firearms except mgs, and you even make mgs on a Form 1 provided they are for mil/le use.


33 posted on 07/09/2014 10:55:19 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

All restrictions still apply. It just isn’t traceable.
Still can’t be full auto. Can’t be a short barrel rifle. Can’t be a short shotgun. You can’t sell it across state lines if you did not have a license to manufacture it. You don’t need to pass the background check to do it... but you will still be breaking the law if you are a prohibited person and you possess/own it after you make it. So it does not really change much of anything.


34 posted on 07/09/2014 11:50:26 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Not if you don’t apply for and get approved to manufacture them. Make an SBR or assemble one from parts and you are committing a felony. If you so much as attach a stock or a fore grip to a pistol you are in deep doodoo


35 posted on 07/09/2014 11:52:02 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Balding_Eagle; All

“You’ve got my curiosity up. Under current law, if someone builds their own gun, for their own use, what kind of legal restrictions are there? Any?”

Almost none. The Ninth Circuit ruled that it applied to NFA firearms as well, (they said federal law did not apply to homemade automatic guns) but the Supreme Court told them that they were wrong. We can thank Scalia for that, in the Raich decision.


36 posted on 07/09/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: wastoute; All

“You can’t sell it. Can’t take it across state lines.”

There is no prohibition against taking it across state lines. If you keep it for a year, you can sell it without a problem, but the BATFE says that you have to put a serial number on it before you sell it...

No paperwork necessary, but you have to put a number on it. Pretty weird.


37 posted on 07/09/2014 12:14:20 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: lbryce

Buck O’Fama!

Love it!

Keep those printers rolling!


38 posted on 07/09/2014 4:51:16 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: admin

admin - please delete #22 and #25. I messed up


39 posted on 07/10/2014 8:23:05 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: wastoute

Is the Serial Number required to be uniquely identifying a particular firearrm?
...it would be highly amusing if this were not explicitly stated.


40 posted on 07/12/2014 1:21:44 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SampleMan
That’s right. It’s not skirting the law at all. I can legally build any gun I want (non full auto) for my own use.

I think you can build full-auto as well, it's regulated by a tax — which, IIRC, stems from the interstate commerce clause.

41 posted on 07/12/2014 1:23:15 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Question: which law(s) restrict it to military/law-enforcement?


42 posted on 07/12/2014 1:28:15 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark
I think you can build full-auto as well, it's regulated by a tax — which, IIRC, stems from the interstate commerce clause.

I don't think so. If it that were legal, everyone would be buying those cut-receiver kits and making their own receivers. I know I would. The law on full-autos dictates that no new weapons can enter the market. If I'm wrong, please let me know, I'll spin up the lathe.

43 posted on 07/12/2014 3:31:15 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

I don’t think it has ever been illegal to make your own gun


44 posted on 07/12/2014 3:36:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SampleMan

But possessing full auto without that “tax” would get the Feds involved I guess.


45 posted on 07/12/2014 3:37:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Illegal to make you own class 3 without class three license, and a full auto-license goes with the gun, it isn’t just created.


46 posted on 07/12/2014 5:46:25 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: OneWingedShark

26 USC 922(O)


47 posted on 07/12/2014 8:30:53 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: TalonDJ

Correct. And a $200 tax must be paid for each.


48 posted on 07/12/2014 8:36:40 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: GeronL

I thought the tax on full auto was a transfer tax. - no transfer...no tax?


49 posted on 07/13/2014 5:20:45 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: lbryce

50 posted on 07/14/2014 2:03:22 PM PDT by devolve (-Tell VLADIMER after my ERECTION I have more 90% more FLEXIBILITY - pre-1899 Colt SAA frames needed)
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