What is 922r compliance? I was looking at aftermarket parts to help decide which carbine to purchase and they keep saying the part "counts as 1 922r compliance part".
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October 25, 2007, 11:13 PM
You cannot import a rifle not deemed suitable for sporting purposes. FAL's and AK's are not suitable for sporting purposes according to some bonehead. Okay, fine. Built that joker here. You can use a certain number of foreign parts but have to have a certain number of US parts, depending on the rifle. Most rifles are imported without "evil" features such as pistol grips, flash-hiders, or bayonet lugs. In order to put these things on, these sporter rifles have to have that parts count up or they are technically illegal.
So, to stay on the proper side of the law, specifically Section 922r of the Gun Control Act, as amended (I think that is the act), you supply a certain number of US parts. It is absurd, but the way things are.
October 25, 2007, 11:57 PM
So in other words I could take a SKS, load up on "US Made" 922r parts and still be legal?
October 26, 2007, 12:09 AM
Well, earlier I'd asked about modifying an SKS and got some really good info about 922r compliance--I didn't even know about 922r at the time. Here's that thread:
October 26, 2007, 12:09 AM
Not quite. What he is saying is that you can build a gun from US parts that could not be imported as a whole gun. 922(r) is the regulation from US CODE Title 18,922:
(r) It shall be unlawful for any person to assemble from imported parts any semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun which is identical to any rifle or shotgun prohibited from importation under section 925 (d)(3) of this chapter as not being particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes except that this subsection shall not apply to—
(1) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for sale or distribution by a licensed manufacturer to the United States or any department or agency thereof or to any State or any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or
(2) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General.
October 26, 2007, 12:51 AM
This is from a thread I did on FAL compliance, but the info is still the same:
922r and what it means to the DIYer
US Code 18 Section 922 "Unlawfull Acts", paragraph (r) affects the building of an imported assault weapon....
"(r) It shall be unlawful for any person to assemble from imported
parts any semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun which is identical to
any rifle or shotgun prohibited from importation under section
925(d)(3) of this chapter"
"is of a type that does not fall within the definition of a
firearm as defined in section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986 and is generally recognized as particularly suitable
for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes, excluding surplus
military firearms, except in any case where the Attorney General
has not authorized the importation of the firearm pursuant to
this paragraph, it shall be unlawful to import any frame,
receiver, or barrel of such firearm which would be prohibited if
Now we get to the definition of the assault weapon and the 20 forbidden parts. The way it works is if the weapon is composed of 10 or less of these parts that are foreign made then the weapon in question is not foreign made. In other words if you have 11 or more of these on the weapon it is foreign made and you have broken the law. The following is referred to as the 1989 Import Ban.
18 USC Chapter 44 as amended by Public Law 101-647 (enacted 11-29-90) and 27 CFR part 178 as amended 06-25-93.
§ 178.39 Assembly of semiautomatic rifles or shotguns.
(a) No person shall assemble a semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun using more than 10 of the imported parts listed in paragraph (c) of this section if the assembled firearm is prohibited from importation under section 925(d)(3) as not being particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.
925(d)(3) includes FN FAL (L1A1) style semiautomatic rifle with folding stock, military style stock with separate pistol grip, threaded muzzle, flash hider, grenade launcher, bayonet lug, or night sights. Note: FN FAL (L1A1) style semiautomatic rifles having a thumbhole style stock without the above features were approved for importation from 1989 to 1994. In 1994 BATFE changed their interpretation to eliminate the exemption for firearms with thumbhole stocks.
(c) For purposes of this section, the term "imported parts" are:"