NFA branch specialists go home at 3:30. I will check tomorrow but I believe you can transfer it as long as you did not build it with intent to sell.
In a free society, anything not expressly prohibited is lawful.
You said it was illegal, Im asking who says and where? It would be on you to explain why. I'm genuinely curious.
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(A6) Does the GCA prohibit anyone from making a handgun, shotgun or rifle? [Back]
With certain exceptions a firearm may be made by a non-licensee provided it is not for sale and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semi-automatic rifle or non-sporting shotgun from imported parts. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and approval by ATF. An application to make a machine gun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing that the firearm is being made for a Federal or State agency.
[18 U.S.C. 922(o) and (r), 26 U.S.C. 5822, 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]
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"Firearms manufactured prior to the Gun Control Act and firearms manufactured by non-FFLs remain exempt from the serial number requirement"
Well just to show you how convoluted things are, I called the NFA branch and asked about 80% lower transfers and was transferred to a specialist. I asked if he was familiar with 80% lower receivers and the ability to leave them without a serial number to a family member upon my death. He said that was a transfer and would need a serial number. He then said that once I built the 80% into a complete firearm that it would be a good idea to have it serialized.
Now I know the law allows manufacturer by a non FFL of a firearm for personal use that does not have a serial number. This guy was telling me different. I then asked if he was familiar with the 80% process and he said "vaguely". So the specialists who are supposed to give us answers are admittedly vague and passing on mis-information. Yes I know he used the term "good idea" and he didn't say the law says to serialize it but I wasn't asking a friend for an opinion, I was asking an NFA branch specialist for the law. More research necessary.
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