EP Armory Forfeits 3800 Polymer AR15 Lowers to the Feds

    EP Armory out of Bakersfield, California was recently forced to forfeit over 3,800 of their polymer 80% AR-15 lowers over to the feds. The U.S. Government claimed their polymer 80% AR-15 lowers were a violation of federal firearms laws because they were manufactured and sold without a serial number. As you know an AR-15 lower receiver must be manufactured with serial numbers by a licensed manufacturer and can only be sold by a licensed firearms dealer.

    But wait, aren’t 80% AR-15 lowers without serial numbers legal? Yes, they should be. The issue according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento was that EP Armory’s 80% polymer AR-15 lower receivers had cavities with a different color polymer which made it easier for the users to mill it out into a complete AR-15 lower receiver. The feds claimed because the different color polymer in the center was a separate piece of polymer which was added after the lower receiver was molded it was a firearm. The federal government doesn’t consider that a true 80% lower receiver and because EP Armory only had a dealer’s license and not a manufacturer’s license along with the fact they had no serial numbers they were forced to hand them over.

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    According to this news article federal agents actually purchased 33 of EP Armory’s lowers back in January of 2014 which they found had no serial numbers. They then issued a warrant and seized 3,804 of their lowers with the different color cavities. EP Armory actually had a contract to have 40,000 of them made before the feds came knocking.

    Ray I.

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