What’s the Law: Illegal parts in an AR-15 type rifle
What’s the Law
Topic: Illegal Parts in an AR-15 type Rifle
by Darryl Choy
Question: What parts are illegal in an AR-15-type rifle?
Answer: The M-16 Hammer, Safety Selector, Trigger, Disconnector, and Bolt Carrier are unlawful to possess and cannot be installed in an AR-15. Even one of these parts can get you into trouble, and it doesn’t matter if the rifle cannot fire full automatic. Mere possession of one or more is a federal felony. The G.I. parts pictured on the right, along with a G.I. full auto sear are illegal. Also illegal is a lower receiver that is drilled for the full auto sear; that’s the hole just above the safety selector. Such illegal parts and receivers were common during the 1960s and 1970s when non-Colt ARs were being built by gun enthusiasts. These illegal parts should be immediately replaced and destroyed unless you live in a class 3 state and the rifle is a federally registered NFA (National Firearms Act) machine gun.
© 2010 – 2015, Hawaii Historic Arms Association. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to the Hawaii Historic Arms Association with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.