Bill to restrict “firearm precursor parts” passes committee

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Bill to restrict “firearm precursor parts” passes committee

Make no mistake, this bill is aimed directly at Firearms Unknown and our liberty-loving customers, and should inspire us all to build one or two more in his dishonor. We’ll prove once again that these laws do more to proliferate what he’s trying to restrict than had he done nothing at all.

California Democrat Assembly Member Mike Gipson from Carson is an inspiration to firearm home builders throughout California.

In 2016, he introduced a bill, AB 1673, aimed at 80% receivers that would treat them no differently than buying a fully functional firearm, requiring hunks of metal (deemed to be “not a firearm” federally) subject to firearm regulations, such as only being sold by licensed firearm dealers, background checks, 10 day wait, registration of owners in a state database, and every other firearm restriction known to exist in CA.

http://www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1673

“This bill would... include within this definition [of a firearm] a frame or receiver blank, casting, or machined body that requires further machining or molding to be used as part of a functional weapon” by changing the definition of a firearm to include “the unfinished frame or receiver of a weapon that can be readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame or receiver.”

“Readily converted” was the operative phrase.

In a viral video, Craig Deluz of Firearms Policy Coalition dropped a block of aluminum on the table during a public safety committee meeting for AB 1673, stating that a knowledgeable person using a CNC machine it was readily convertible, and asked where should they put the serial number. He went on to ask where should the serial number go on a piece of sheet metal that you can buy at any hardware store that can be readily converted into an AK receiver. And finally, he showed the epic, readily convertible shovel that was made into an AK.

https://youtu.be/plFX_DoHmlg

The bill was shelved pending “further amendments”.

Now, Gipson has decided to go full Gipson. He’s introducing a new bill, AB 2382, as a copy and paste of the recent CA ammunition restrictions (can only buy ammo face to face from a licensed ammo vendor, background checks, database of registered ammo buyers, etc), erasing “ammunition” and inserting a new made up term - firearm precursor parts.

This newly invented term goes far and beyond just classifying hunks or sheets of metal as firearms, though. It treats virtually anything that goes into a firearm as a firearm.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2382

From Firearms Policy Coalition: The proposed bill text, likely to be adopted soon, would create an entirely new class of highly-regulated items called “firearm precursor parts” that would include barrels, ammunition feeding devices (including magazines for semi-automatic firearms and “speed loaders” for revolvers), “unfinished receivers,” molded or shaped polymer frames or receivers, metallic castings, metallic forgings, receiver “flats” such as Kalashnikov style weapon systems, Browning-style receiver side plates, Kalashnikov style receiver “channels”, finished upper receivers for AR-15 and AR-10 style firearms, unfinished handgun frames, finished slides that are used to enclose handgun barrels, and trigger pack or fire control groups for Heckler and Koch or FN FAL style firearms.

Purchasing regulated gun parts would generally require face-to-face transactions and background checks, subject these items to new age restrictions, mandate DOJ licenses for dealers to sell "firearm precursor parts" and new storage and handling requirements for sellers. As with ammunition, online purchases and importation from other states would generally be prohibited.

Gipson’s bill has now passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee and is on its way over to the Appropriations Committee.

Make no mistake, this bill is aimed directly at Firearms Unknown and our liberty-loving customers, and should inspire us all to build one or two more in his dishonor. We’ll prove once again that these laws do more to proliferate what he’s trying to restrict than had he done nothing at all.

And since Gipson likes registering people who exercise their liberty in databases in case they one day do something he doesn’t like, he needs to be reminded that he too is registered with gun owners in a database of tyrants in case he does something we don’t like... or when he just goes full Gipson.

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