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Flyboy_451 Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-11 11:00 AM
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27. your friend is either mistaken or is a liar....
Is it possible to purchase the parts kit required to build full autos? Yes, but these parts kits are the parts that are regulated by federal law and require specific licensing and a $200 transfer tax.

The only parts kits that are available to anyone who does not have either a Class III dealers license or a Class II manufacturers license, are those made prior to 1986. Any of these items made after that are referred to as post sample parts and may only be traded amongst dealers, manufacturers and military/law enforcement agencies. The reason they are referred to as post sample is because they were manufactured after 1986 and the only way a dealer may possess them is on specific request from a military/law enforcement agency for a demonstration (or sample) of the weapon. Manufacturers may possess them because they are licensed to produce this type of equipment.

Now, after one has jumped through all the hoops required to get such licenses, do you really think it is likely that they are going to risk that investment to sell such parts to just anyone? Particularly, when these items are tightly regulated and tracked by the ATF? Seriously?

Ok, lets assume that we find such an unscrupulous dealer/manufacturer...The ATF has ruled that any semi-auto that can be readily converted to full auto IS A MACHINE GUN, and is thus, under the same requirements outlined previously. Just so there is not a misunderstanding here, that means that you can not go out and buy an AR-15 or AK clone and just buy a parts kit that drops in to make it full auto. The receivers are different, and the parts simply will not fit in them. In all likelihood, a skilled machinist with access to a machine shop could probably make such a conversion a reality, but now we are talking about far more than just buying some parts and throwing them into your AR-15. And you still have to be able to find the dealer willing to risk not only his freedom, but his business, to even acquire the parts. The myth of the gunshow machine gun is just that...a myth.

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