The left are masters at INCREMENTALISM.The upshot is that DDTC is labeling commercial gunsmiths as "manufacturers" for performing relatively simple work such as threading a barrel or fabricating a small custom part for an older firearm. Under the AECA, "manufacturers" are required to register with DDTC at significant expense or risk onerous criminal penalties.
Even those who profess support for the 2A (falsely), are totally committed to drying up every aspect of civilian ownership, through whatever tactics they think they can get away with.First they came for the EPL guys, and nobody said anything because "What's an Eighty Percent Lower?"...
THAT's the real target of this, a market sector that they haven't quite been able to lockdown from Day One, along with the small-time local gunsmiths who can't afford all the costs of registering with the State Department to become an accredited and recognized International Merchant of Death like HK, FN Herstal and Glock.
Some won't, but I fear most will roll over like a new puppy.We will not submit.
I assume the answer is YES - you can be forced. Even if only when you come afoul of some other violation and are bagged for this.OK, read the DDTC link-thanks for posting-and I've got questions:
1. What does improve the performance beyond original capability mean? Theoretically, a bolt gun with a good barrel should put all the shots into the same hole. Or, does that mean that if you're replacing a shot out barrel does the replacement have to deliver similar lousy accuracy?
2. What does "machining" mean? Does finish reaming a chamber by hand qualify? OK, re-read the commentary and it appears it might.
3. Since the Senate never ratified the ITAR, why do we have to conform to it? Better question: can we be forced to conform to it? I would-Senate ratification lacking-think not.