Why can't kits be imported with barrels?


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Mooseman
June 10, 2009, 11:42 PM
I know that the law changed at some point where parts kits could no longer be imported with barrels intact. When did this happen and why? I would love to try my hand at building my own ak, amd-65, etc., but with barrels being too hard to find or too expensive to buy I've kinda given up on the idea.

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Ian
June 11, 2009, 12:32 AM
The Director of Homeland Security (I think; it used to be Sec. Treas. when ATF was under the Treasury) is allowed by law to interpret what guns have "sporting purpose", and prohibit importation of guns that he thinks don't meet that standard. They changed their interpretation of the law to be that barrels for non-sporting-purpose guns can be prohibited from importation as well. No change in the law, just a bureaucratic whim. That's my understanding, anyway.

Mooseman
June 11, 2009, 10:11 PM
are there any good ways to get barrels at a reasonable price for ak's, etc. or is homebuilding of them just dying out?

Kino74
June 11, 2009, 10:22 PM
Homebuilding is dying out given that the barrels are no longer imported. :(

There are US companies that will make you a barrel but it does drive up the price a bit.

I miss the days of $69.95 like new AMD65 kits.

Quiet
June 11, 2009, 11:40 PM
In the BATFE's own words.

Importation of Frames, Receivers or Barrels of Firearms Under Title 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3) (http://www.atf.gov/firearms/071305openletter.htm)

Section 925(d) provides standards for the importation of firearms and ammunition into the United States. In particular, section 925(d)(3) provides that the Attorney General shall authorize a firearm to be imported if it meets several conditions: (1) it is not defined as a firearm under the National Firearms Act (NFA); (2) it is generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes; and (3) it is not a surplus military firearm. However, the subsection further provides that “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 assembled.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has determined that the language of 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3) permits no exceptions that would allow frames, receivers or barrels for otherwise non-importable firearms to be imported into the United States. Accordingly, ATF will no longer approve ATF Form 6 applications for importation of any frames, receivers, or barrels for firearms that would be prohibited from importation if assembled. No exceptions to the statutory language, for example for “repair or replacement” of existing firearms, will be allowed.



US Code Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 44 Section 925
(d) The Attorney General shall authorize a firearm or ammunition to be imported or brought into the United States or any possession thereof if the firearm or ammunition—
(1) is being imported or brought in for scientific or research purposes, or is for use in connection with competition or training pursuant to chapter 401 of title 10;
(2) is an unserviceable firearm, other than a machinegun as defined in section 5845(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (not readily restorable to firing condition), imported or brought in as a curio or museum piece;
(3) 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 assembled; or
(4) was previously taken out of the United States or a possession by the person who is bringing in the firearm or ammunition.

The Attorney General shall permit the conditional importation or bringing in of a firearm or ammunition for examination and testing in connection with the making of a determination as to whether the importation or bringing in of such firearm or ammunition will be allowed under this subsection.

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