You knew it was going to happen. The Congress has tried just about everything else in terms of a gun ban, so now they’re turning their attention to banning parts kits. Why ban parts kits you may ask? Because John Zawahri, the man who shot-up a Santa Monica college campus last June, obtained his rifle by ordering parts online and building it himself as reported by the Huffington Post.
What the Huffington Post doesn’t tell us is how he obtained the lower receiver of the AR15 used in the shooting which is considered the firearm and isn’t something you can order online and have delivered to your house legally. Other news reports are saying that Zawahri ordered a legal 80% lower and followed instructions online on how to complete the machining processes to make the AR15 lower. A number of companies sell partially complete AR15 lowers for people to buy and build into complete rifles, which is perfectly legal in most cases. The BATF has no jurisdiction over firearms Americans make for themselves outside of the NFA laws which restrict short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, pistols with stocks, machine guns, suppressors, etc. which is the way it should be, IMHO.
Making a firearm really isn’t all that difficult to be honest, with $50 and 20 minutes in my local hardware store I can buy the necessary components to make a crude firearm. If I had any machining skills what-so-ever, I could knock out a far more refined firearm in a couple of days. It’s pointless to try and stop people from making legal firearms for their own use just as it was pointless to ban alcohol in 1920. Plus, we’ve now had what, a total of one killer use a home made gun in a spree shooting out of a nation of 314 million people? It doesn’t exactly seem like an epidemic problem to me, but if Congress and the media continue with their grandstanding they may give the idea to other lunatics out there waiting in the shadows for their 15 minutes of fame.
Apparently the inability to make a legal gun purchase also influenced Zawahri’s decision to use a replica 1858 Remington cap and ball revolver in the crime. Cap and ball black powder firearms aren’t technically considered firearms by the BATF and aren’t subject to background checks. This hasn’t been an issue in the past as few people would use a replica of an antique Civil War era handgun to commit such a crime. What was unique about his 1858 Remington replica though was that it was equipped with a conversion cylinder that allowed it to fire modern .45 Long Colt ammunition. Both the gun and the conversion cylinder can be ordered online and shipped directly to a buyers home.
So all of this leads up to Rep. Henry Waxman introducing a bill to ban the sale of firearms kits online, the report doesn’t say if he also wishes to ban black powder firearm sales or if he wants to ban the sale of parts kits in retail stores. I guess we’ll have to wait until the bill is introduced to find out.
These Congresscritters are going to continue the assault on our 2nd Amendment rights no matter what. If one lunatic does something unspeakable they will use that as justification to ban a broad swath of firearms for all 314 million Americans. We already know anti-gun laws do absolutely nothing to reduce crime, and proposed laws such as this one will have zero effect on the commission of future crimes. But that’s not the point of these incremental laws. The point is to take little bits and pieces of our liberty in small potentially palatable chunks so that over time they can achieve their ultimate goal — a complete ban on all firearms.