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Posted: 9/20/2004 5:27:37 PM EDT
Alrighty, I know that AR-15 pistols questions have been asked over and over again but I have yet to finda definitive answer.

Well then, here's my situation, I'm a 19-year-old resident of Maine. No legal problems and what-not so I can legally purchase rifles. Now federal law won't allow me to purchase a handgun from a dealer BUT since I'm older than 18 I can legally possess a handgun.

Could I in theory legally build my own AR-15 pistol? If I were to buy a brand new, unused stripped lower receiver and had it marked as a rifle, yet built it into a legal AR-15 pistol through a Model 1 Sales pistol kit, would I be violating any NFA or GCA rules? As far as I know if there is no way a buttstock can be attached and the receiver has never been used in a rifle it wouldn't be an SBR.

Any help would be greatly-appreciated. Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 6:44:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 7:09:14 PM EDT
Let's just say you go through with your plan and some happy-go-lucky JBT decides to ask you about your pistol. Since you could not buy it legally, who are you going to have vouch that they purchased the pistol?

If you decided to do it, I wouldn't go around advertising it on a public forum.

Link Posted: 9/20/2004 10:06:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/20/2004 10:07:33 PM EDT by Forest]
When you buy the lower it has to be transferred as a pistol lower - and since you cannot buy a handgun you would be attempting to violate the law.

If you buy it as a rifle lower and sombody checks up on you (hey why is that 18 year old with that evil looking 'handgun') Then you've violated the NFA and in bug doo-doo (untaxed SBR - 10years/$10K, possesion of a NFA item by a person under 21 - another 10 years/$10K...).

Stick with rifles - when your turn 21 then you can make a handgun.

That or have your father buy the lower as a pistol and give it you as a gift (that is legal).
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:19:48 PM EDT
*points up to Forest* Uhh Yup, what he said.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:48:41 PM EDT
I'm pretty sure pistols have to be registered to someone. Since you aren't 21, it can't be you. When you get the receiver you will need to have the paperwork done as a pistol. You could have a relative buy the receiver but I think that would be illegal (straw purchase) unless it was going to reside in their household and be lent to you.
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