puchasing ar15 lower in northern iowa

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  1. jmflores66

    jmflores66 New Member

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    iv tried to purhase a ar15 lower reciever but they told me i need a hand gun purchasing permit because its an assualt weapon is this true?i find this hard to believe and what are federal laws for purchasing?
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    If the lower is the part with the serial number, then it counts as a firearm under BATFE rules. BATFE generally considers the reciver of a rifle to be the actual "firearm" part of the weapon.
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    Up until changes were made late last year (AFAIR October) in the BATFE interpretation of the legal rifle vs. pistol status of a AR-15 lower, the purchaser declared on the BATFE Federal 4473 form whether the lower was going to be used for a pistol or a rifle build. Thus in the past at age 18, you could go in and declare that the stripped lower was for a rifle build and purchase it. After this most recent BATFE interpretation and 4473 form change, a stripped AR-15 lower is now categorized as 'Other' and due then to the fact that the lower could be legally used for a pistol build, a pistol permit is required in those jurisdictions that require them. So, IMHO they are not snookering you by requiring a pistol permit to purchase a stripped AR-15 lower.
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