A new bill in Congress sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) threatens to ban AR-15 lowers and others like them. The bill is number HR2910, and is known as the Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction of 2013. The meat and potatoes of the bill is found in Section 101 called “Do it Yourself Assault Weapon Ban.”
SEC. 101. DO-IT-YOURSELF ASSAULT WEAPON BAN.
(a) Banned Hazardous Products- Notwithstanding section 3(a)(5)(E) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2052(A)(5)(E)), a firearm receiver casting or firearm receiver blank that–
(1) at the point of sale does not meet the definition of a firearm in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, and
(2) after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault weapon or machine gun,
shall be considered a banned hazardous product under section 8 of such Act (15 U.S.C. 2057).
(b) Prohibited Acts- It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, manufacture for sale, or import into the United States for sale, to a consumer–
(1) an assault weapon parts kit; or
(2) a machinegun parts kit.
(1) Subsection (a) shall be treated as a ban under section 19 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2068).
(2) Notwithstanding section 3(a)(5)(E) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2052(A)(5)(E)), a violation of subsection (b) shall be treated as a violation of section 19 of such Act and any person who violates such subsection shall be subject to the penalties set forth in section 20 of such Act.
(d) Consultation- In enforcing this section, the Consumer Product Safety Commission shall periodically consult with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding effective strategies for and methods of enforcement.
As you can see the bill seeks to ban lowers and parts kits from being sold in the U.S. This is legislation that seeks to insert the camel’s nose under the tent. Banning lowers and parts kits will weaken the position of those selling assembled firearms. This legislation is unlikely to go anywhere this year, but you should know that the anti-gun crowd is considering such a ban if they ever regain power in the House. This is just a trial balloon for future legislation. Pushing back on it by writing your federal representatives is a great idea!