The bill will ban people in Nevada from possessing, purchasing, transporting, or receiving an unfinished frame or receiver without serializing the part.
The bill does exempt firearms importers and manufacturers from the requirement. The bill does not have a grandfather clause which means those in possession of these currently legal items will have to go through the costly process of serializing them, turn them into the government, or destroy them without compensation.
Law enforcement will charge anyone caught with an unserialized frame or receiver with a gross misdemeanor for the first offense if the bill passes. If the person is found in the future with another unfinished frame or receiver, authorities will charge them with a Category D Felony. The charge would mean the person would lose their gun rights for life.
The bill will also make it a crime to sell an unfinished frame or firearm without it being serialized. There is an exemption from manufacture-to-manufacture sales. Similarly, to being caught with an unserialized frame or receiver, the person selling the item would be guilty of a gross misdemeanor on the first charge and a Category D Felony on the second charge. The person would also lose their gun rights for life.
Anti-gun groups and politicians have recently attacked unfinished firearms and frames on the state and federal levels. In November, the Biden transition team met with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to get the organization’s top priorities. The agency said that it wanted to go after pistol stabilizing braces and unfinished frames and receivers. Anti-gun groups and Biden’s team started calling these items “ghost guns” because they lacked serial numbers.
Biden announced an executive action against these items, which many pro-gun advocates saw as a payback to anti-gun groups that backed the then-presidential candidate. Biden also nominated rabid anti-gun advocate David Chipman for ATF director, another payback to the anti-gun groups. Chipman wrote several papers for Giffords that mentioned using the ATF rulemaking to ban certain items. Last week the ATF released their proposed rules for unfinished frames and receivers.
Even before Biden took office, the ATF started targeting so-called “buy, build, shoot” kits. The kits included an unfinished frame, a jig, and drill bits along with a slide and all small parts. The law enforcement arm of the ATF raided Polymer80’s offices to try to seize customer records. Stamps.com and Authorize.net did turn over customer information.
Agents out of the Baltimore field office, along with a detective from the Anne Arundel County Police Department, showed up at the house of an unfinished receiver dealer to execute a warrantless search and tried to confiscate legally owned firearms. They left empty-handed but threatened the Maryland resident with promises to return with a warrant. The agents and detective never returned.
Eagle Arms banned the sale of unfinished frames from their gun shows in Pennsylvania due to pressure from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, State Rep Amen Brown, and even Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) president Kim Stolfer. JSD Supply was banned from selling at the shows, and Stolfer accosted the company’s employees. The push to ban unfinished frames and receivers has been strong.
These bills to ban unfinished frames and receivers have popped up in other states with mixed success. In Virginia, a bill to ban unfinished frames and receivers was defeated due to immense pressure from Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) members that flooded the Senate with calls and emails. Other legislation has been introduced in California and New York. Some states, such as Washington State, have banned unfinished receivers and frames.
The Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee is one of the last hurdles for this bill to become a law. AmmoLand News encourages all Nevada to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to express their opposition to the bill.
Senator Melanie Scheible – D
Senator Nicole J. Cannizzaro – D
Senator James Ohrenschall – D
Senator Dallas Harris – D
Senator James A. Settelmeyer – R
Senator Ira Hansen – R
Senator Keith F. Pickard – R
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About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.