If your hobby is building firearms like AR-15s than your favorite pastime is in jeopardy. Rep Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ) has introduced House bill H.R. 7115 which is also known as the “3D Firearms Prohibitions Act” into the US House of Representatives. Contrary to the bills name it does more then just ban 3D printed firearms.
H.R. 7115 reads: “To 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.”
The bill will ban the selling and all forms of advertising of parts kits for modern sporting rifles. Upper and Lower parts kit allow a user to build their own guns using a stripped lower or upper receiver.
By preventing the sale of parts kits, the bill would make it almost impossible to repair a rifle. When something breaks, the gun would be useless. The bill doesn't seem to exempt licensed gunsmiths from the law. It would make all semi-automatic rifles impossible to repair even buy a licensed gunsmith...
Gun rights groups see this bill as a way Democrats are using scare tactics to inhibit our Constitutionally protected right to bear arms. Gun Owners of America has already taken up the fight to defeat this bill in Congress.
“While most gun owners were focused on the midterm elections, anti-gunners in Congress snuck in a “Parts Kit Gun Ban” (H.R. 7115) that is a one-two punch on the First and Second Amendments, ” said Erich Pratt, Executive Director of GOA. “Not only does this bill go after parts kits, which typically aren’t the choice of criminals, it attempts to restrict speech about these items on the Internet.”