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I Built an AR in My Kitchen Without Telling the Government The National Interest Online blog

“I built a semi-automatic rifle in my kitchen. Iu2019ll bet thatu2019s one sentence youu2019d never thought youu2019d hear. Neither did I, until the day I decided to do it.
The job required drilling aluminum, and tiny shards and slivers of metal were going to fly everywhere. Itu2019s not something you want to do over carpet, so I decided to do it in my kitchen.
Did it work? Hell yes, it did. After three hours of work with light tools, I had built the essential component of an AR-15 rifle. America has now reached a point where people can construct modern weapons in their kitchens.
Is this awesome, crazyu2014or both?
In my extended group of friends, seven of us own AR-15-type rifles. Perhaps not coincidentally, we each bought one after turning 40.
Buying this kind of rifle is the modern version of getting a Corvette during your mid-life crisisu2014but cheaper and probably less dangerous.
Thereu2019s a subcultureu2014and cottage industry to support itu2014around AR-15 rifles. After adding accessories to my first rifle, swapping out parts and purchasing tools, I realized I had a knack for it.
I was an AR-15 grease monkey. During the course of several projects, Iu2019d built an entire rifle from scratch. But Iu2019d never built the lower receiver of an AR-15. By U.S. government standards, Iu2019d be manufacturing a firearm.
The Last 20 Percent:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms controls the sale of AR-15 lower receivers. As far as the law is concerned, the lower receiver is the weapon. Itu2019s one of the few parts you absolutely need to make a functioning firearm, and theyu2019re usually stamped with a serial number.”

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