By Rich M – Off The Grid News
You’ve probably seen one of those ads selling a book about how to make a “ghost gun” at some point in time. What’s a ghost gun? It’s a gun that isn’t on the books anywhere. It’s not on the books because it was not manufactured by any licensed manufacturer. Therefore, the gun doesn’t have a serial number — and there’s no record of its sale.
This almost sounds illegal, but I assure you it’s not. I’m not talking about buying a gun that’s manufactured in a secret facility somewhere, where they don’t follow the law. Nor am I talking about buying a gun from which someone has removed the serial number. What I’m talking about is a perfectly legal way in which you can make your own gun, specifically an AR-15, which is one of the most popular guns on the market.
To understand this, you have to understand a little about firearms manufacturing law. According to the law, it is necessary to identify one part of the gun as actually being “the gun.” The rest of it is just parts. The reason for this is that the part which is identified as the gun receives the serial number. For most guns, the part that is so identified is the gun’s frame. In the case of the AR-15, that’s the lower receiver.
The serial number doesn’t legally have to be added to the gun frame (or lower receiver) until the gun is at least 80 percent completed