3D Printed Guns and Gun Kits Now Require Serial Numbers

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

A new federal rule expands the definition of a firearm “frame” or “receiver” so that it now covers 3D-printed firearms as well as parts kits that can be made into functioning weapons. The goal of the rule, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, is to make it more difficult for so-called “ghost guns” to find their way into the hands of criminals. Among other things, the new rule requires retailers to conduct background checks before selling gun kits and clarifies which parts of gun kits and 3D-printed guns sold by retailers must be marked with a serial number.

The new rule was the subject of much debate, and received more than 290,000 comments during its 90-day open comment period, more than any other proposed rule in the history of the Justice Department. That said, the rule does not restrict individuals from either building their own guns using traditional means or from making 3D-printed guns. It instead focuses on licensed retailers and gunsmiths, requiring them to apply serial numbers to certain parts of gun kits and to 3D-printed guns that they sell. The rule became effective on August 24, 2022.

Gun-Related Crimes Are Treated Seriously in Pennsylvania

It's obvious to anyone who pays attention to the news that gun violence is a serious problem in Pennsylvania and all across the country. Cities, states, and the federal government have reacted to this with laws that impose harsh penalties on people who use guns to commit crimes. In Pennsylvania, for example, using a gun while committing a crime can lead to substantially increased penalties over and above what the sentence is for the underlying crime. If you have been accused of committing a crime while using a gun or of illegally possessing a gun for any reason, you need the help of the Criminal Defense Team at the LLF Law Firm, which has years of experience representing defendants charged with gun-related crimes in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania.

Federal Courts Also Take Gun Cases Seriously

Of course, simply having or selling a gun can be a crime in and of itself. Federal law prohibits convicted felons from owning firearms, and there is a slew of laws that address the illegal use, sale, and interstate transport of guns. If you find yourself charged with violating any federal firearms statute, you should not face the charges alone but should seek the help and advice of the Criminal Law Team, who will fight for your rights and make sure you receive the best defense possible.

The LLF Law Firm Can Help

The LLF Law Firm has years of experience defending clients charged with gun-related crimes in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania. These are typically serious charges, and a conviction can mean spending years in prison. You owe it to yourself and to your loved ones to secure the best representation possible in what can be a complicated and confusing process. Contact the LLF Law Firm today at 888.535.3686 or through our contact form to find out how we can help.

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