Compromise Amendment –
Revisions to HB 2005 are not so clear. The bill still requires a manufacture number, or privately made firearm (PMF) to have a serial number, which isn’t clear the time frame allowed to obtain a number once made. By requiring a serial number, it is prohibiting “ghost guns.” The bill repeatedly references 27 C.F.R. 478.12 and other federal regulations. It removes the requirement to be age 21 to own a firearm reverting back to age 18. It also removes the requirement to have a firearm unloaded and locked in the trunk when parking near a public building, and removes provision for local governing bodies to regulate carry requirements. It appropriates $356,816 to the Department of State Police to enforce the many penalties added in the bill.
This bill is known as the Ghost Guns Bill that is aimed at 3D-printed guns, thought to be particularly dangerous because of their lack of serial numbers. But the bill does not exempt homemade rifle kits, and those that can be built quickly using a pre-3D print technology kit.
There is nothing in the constitution that even implies that guns should be regulated that may be use for protection against government. If identification were required, then China would know exactly how many guns we have and where they are. China doesn’t attack because they don’t know how many guns we have.
Possession of unfinished frame or housing, unless it is an antique, is also illegal if it is designed to hold components, hold back the hammer, striker, bolt or similar element, prior to initiation of the firing sequence, even if the pins or other attachments are not in possession.
Punishment is stiff for merely possessing that homemade rifle in the past without a serial number, since October 22, 1968, it’s 1 year in prison or %6,250 fine or both.