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Old July 17, 2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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Let's say I were to take a 100% AR-15 lower and mill out the internals so that they no longer take AR-15 FCG parts, does it cease to be a firearm? At least for transfer purposes.
Nope. It's still a firearm, just one that doesn't work. Once the serial number goes on, its a firearm. Unfinished, broken,etc. doesn't matter under the law. Its a firearm.

Now, if you have rendered it inoperable, and not returnable to operable condition, AND get the BATFE to inspect it and declare it as such,THEN (and only then) it is no longer a firearm.

It becomes a deactivated firearm, and goes into a different legal class. DEWAT guns (Deactivated War Trophy) are inspected and approved as such by the Fed. Until then, even if you welded them shut, they are still legal firearms.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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