New Jersey “outlaws?” Ghost Guns

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Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey was pleased after a Senate committee on Monday approved bill S 2465, a bill that would make it a crime to possess components to manufacture “untraceable firearms,” which sponsors characterize as “ghost guns” due to their lack of factory-applied serial numbers. Proposed by state Sen. Joe Cryan, D-Union, a former sheriff.

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According to other news sites like guns(dot)com “this bill would make it a crime to purchase components or kits that would enable someone to build their own unserialized firearm unless they were a licensed manufacturer. This would include popular receiver and frame blanks sold as 80 percent complete. Violations would bring as much as three years in prison and as much as a $15,000 fine.”

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However, in reading it ourselves it’s unclear how this law applies to people who machine manufacture components out of parts that are not considered firearms.
it clearly says “… a person who purchases separately or as a kit any combination of parts from which a firearm may be readily assembled … ” 80% lowers cannot be readily assembled into a firearm, instead they require machining, drilling, sometimes shaping and bending that can only be achieved with manufacturing equipment, fixtures, and tools.

Purchasing firearm parts to manufacture untraceable firearm.
In addition to any other penalty imposed under current law, a
person who purchases separately or as a kit any combination of parts
from which a firearm may be readily assembled with the purpose to
manufacture an untraceable firearm is guilty of a crime of the third
degree. Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.2C:1-8 or any other
law, a conviction under this subsection shall not merge with a
conviction for any other criminal offense and the court shall impose
separate sentences upon a violation of this subsection and any other
criminal offense.
As used in this subsection, “untraceable firearm” means an
unlawfully manufactured firearm for which the sale or distribution
chain from a licensed retailer to the point of its first retail sale cannot
be traced by law enforcement officials.

Source: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S2500/2465_I1.PDF

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