Several years back, a federal judge blocked the sale or distribution of blueprints that would allow owners of 3-D printers to make a gun. However, this didn’t make all personal gun fabrication illegal. It is possible to people to make firearms at home without a license, though this is often a rare occurrence. For the most part, gun owners will use Sig factory parts for sale and other pieces to alter or improve upon an existing firearm.
Gun Manufacturing at Home
Many firearm enthusiasts enjoy the opportunity to craft or modify their guns to be unique or specific to a sport or hunting purpose, and federal law hasn’t completely prohibited personal use manufacturing. However, making guns that will be sold or distributed does require a special license. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives requires that certain makes of guns (like short barrel options) be subject to a tax and formal approval. Making a firearm can be a hobby, much like one would construct an auto engine. However, there are concerns with the illegal use of home manufactured firearms.
Gun Control Concerns
Guns that are made at home do have serial numbers and aren’t generally registered. Registration and serial numbers are important pieces of tracking information for legal ownership of the weapon. Those who advocate for gun control are concerned that those who aren’t legally allowed to own a firearm can purchase a home manufactured gun and stay off the radar of law enforcement officials. It doesn’t require a complete fabrication of the gun to help people circumvent the law, either. Unfinished receivers are a part that can be sold separately to make it easier to avoid a background check and yet ultimately still possess a gun.
Gun control legislation is a continued conversation, and both sides of the perspective understand the need for increased firearm safety and responsible ownership. How far this moves into the prohibition of personally manufactured firearms has yet to be seen.