Firearms manufacture question
I'd like to attempt to build a simple firearm, either a 22 or a 12ga from spare parts, just to see if I have the mechanical ability to do it.
However, my question is concerning the legality of such a venture. I understand that any firearm made has to conform to any & all ATF rules and regulations. This is fine, I understand barrel length, OAL , ect, however in my state it defines a 'zip gun' as "Any firearm of crude and extemporized manufacture" , and it states that zip guns are illegal.
So my question is how crude of a firearm does one have to build to be under that mantra. I'm not thinking along the lines of some of the steel tube guns with the firing pin in them that you slam, something a little more refined. However i wouldn't want to get bit by the law in my attempt at having a little bit of fun.
That's going to depend on how the law has been interpreted in your state.
There's usually not much doubt about a zip gun being a zip gun.
It's typically made of non-gun materials, or it's a BB or toy gun that's been altered to shoot a live round.
If you're building a gun from gun components, you're probably okay, but again it depends on how the law is worded and how it's been enforced in your state.
To get a definitive answer you're going to have to check with a lawyer who knows about guns, or talk to someone in your state's Attorney General's office.