Brandnew wrote:So basically you are wanting to know, if a ban were put into place how you could build a then illegal gun?I wasn't really into firearms before 2004, so I don't have any experience with how "assault weapons" were handled during the ban. What effect did the last ban have on parts manufacturing and distribution?
I know the law would make it illegal to manufacture magazines with capacity greater than 10 rounds, that's not a question really. I would think that you could still get a part like an AR upper receiver with a flash suppressor since by itself, it doesn't classify as an "assault weapon". And I would expect that you could get different telescoping stocks too since by themselves they also don't classify the weapon as such.
So my question is this: If a new ban goes into play which is identical to the last one, how will ATF know which firearms had 2 of the 5 characteristics before the ban, and which ones were assembled from parts laying around after the ban?
Get what you want now, and bug the crap out of your elected officials about preventing any sort of ban.
Short answer is the old AWB involved weapons made before the ban which could then be legally maintained in an otherwise banned configuration, and weapons made after which could not. Anything made after a certain date (as verifiable checking the date of manufacture of the receiver) could only be built in a "post ban" configuration.
I'm sure a lot of illegal guns were assembled during the ban from parts running around. Best advice is get the guns now.