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Posted: 12/13/2013 10:34:46 PM EST
Hello all,

I'm looking at building an AR15 pistol. I know how lowers work (not a rifle or pistol until built) - however, I have a question regarding the PA State Police.

If I intend on building an AR15 pistol, what steps do I have to take to avoid running afoul of the PSP? When I purchased the "firearm" - it was neither a pistol nor a rifle. I "build" it into one or the other. Since Pennsylvania has a registry of all handguns, how do I go about building an AR15 pistol? Can I legally build a pistol and have it not be in the D/B?

Thanks!
J-Pat
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 7:41:08 AM EST
Yeah the data base they claim not to have is illegal by PA state law so don't worry about that. Just buy a stripped lower and build it the way you want it. I am not a lawyer but that is my honest opinion on the subject.
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 12:15:35 AM EST
I called the State Troopers Firearms division.
As long as you don't sell it your GTG. If and when you sell it you must go through an FFL
OK
That being said.
I have been strongly warned by a friend that an AR pistol may be a load of trouble with LEOs
Be certain to save all recipts.
Take date stamped pictures as you build. So you can prove in court that it is a pistol and not a short barrel rifle.

Here I sit with a virgin lower receiver, a lower parts kit and a pistol buffrer assmebly.I really wanted an AR pistol but.
I fear it may be more trouble than it's worth to me.
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 4:10:02 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 9milebank:
I called the State Troopers Firearms division.
As long as you don't sell it your GTG. If and when you sell it you must go through an FFL
OK
That being said.
I have been strongly warned by a friend that an AR pistol may be a load of trouble with LEOs
Be certain to save all recipts.
Take date stamped pictures as you build. So you can prove in court that it is a pistol and not a short barrel rifle.

Here I sit with a virgin lower receiver, a lower parts kit and a pistol buffrer assmebly.I really wanted an AR pistol but.
I fear it may be more trouble than it's worth to me.
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No offense, but your friend is an idiot. Build your pistol. Just make sure it doesn't have a stock or a vertical front grip.
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 4:10:11 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 9milebank:
I called the State Troopers Firearms division.
As long as you don't sell it your GTG. If and when you sell it you must go through an FFL
OK
That being said.
I have been strongly warned by a friend that an AR pistol may be a load of trouble with LEOs
Be certain to save all recipts.
Take date stamped pictures as you build. So you can prove in court that it is a pistol and not a short barrel rifle.

Here I sit with a virgin lower receiver, a lower parts kit and a pistol buffrer assmebly.I really wanted an AR pistol but.
I fear it may be more trouble than it's worth to me.
View Quote


Don't worry much about this, AR pistols are very common, and LEOs are familiar with the law in regards to them. It is worth it if you want one, so go ahead and make yours.
Its not a bad idea to carry a few ATF letters that relate to your build in your pistol grip, stock, etc just in case, but its not a requirement.
PA does not have registration either, so just build it and enjoy.
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