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Mother Jones’ Bryan Schatz breaks the law

I Built This AK-47. It’s Legal and Totally Untraceable.. Except that, you know, he committed multiple felonies.

8 Responses to “Mother Jones’ Bryan Schatz breaks the law”

  1. Kristophr Says:

    The editors are removing comments that point out that they violated federal law.

  2. SE Says:

    From what I can tell, the journalist did not violate any laws in building the AK.

    It’s perfectly legal to build your own (legal) firearm, even in CA, and the kit that he used included an AK ‘bullet button’ that made it CA compliant. It wasn’t an SBR and it wasn’t fully auto, so I’m not sure what the drama is about.

    We oppressed subjects here in CA build ARs from 80% lowers and AKs from parts kits all the time.

    Nothing to see here…just another stupid journalist trying to sensationalize and demonize something that is perfectly legal.

  3. Kristophr Says:

    Ah, so he does have a bullet button on it.

    I’d still like to see his 922r parts count.

  4. nk Says:

    What’s a bullet button, please? And pounding the barrel into the trunions?

  5. SE Says:

    A “bullet button” is a gun part that was invented by a brilliant CA prisoner that allows us to legally build ARs that are not classified as AWs under CA law. (For now, until they make them illegal) Someone then adopted the idea for the AK.

    It makes the AR or AK (or Saiga) have a “fixed magazine” that requires you to use a “tool” to remove the magazine. Rifles with fixed magazines that require a tool to change mags are not considered assault weapons.

    The bullet button prevents you from simply pressing the mag release–you have to use the tip of a bullet, or some other similar small pointy tool, to push a button that releases the magazine.

    As for destroying the gun, well, he’s obviously an idiot, so who knows if he did that properly.

  6. nk Says:

    Thank you. And for the links too.

  7. Sigivald Says:

    Yeah, I don’t see any felonies there, assuming the weird California crap was done right.

    I saw people saying “SBR” over there, but it sure looked like it was fine on OAL, and the barrel looks like it’s at least 16″ long…

  8. Austrian Anarchy Says:

    So I can’t bring my SAIGA-12 to CA without modifying it? Guess I’ll just stay home, even if shotguns don’t count.

    Side note, “Mother Jones” was the agitator/negotiator for a bunch of marauding, trespassing miners in West VA in the 1920s.