The 2nd Amendment is a proud right held to many Americans.
While those that support the 2nd Amendment legally purchase many different firearms and many different accessories, one must always obey the law when it comes to modifications.
In a rare case out of Utah, a man was arrested for allegedly selling kits that would convert an ordinary AR-15 into to machine guns.
“Scott Ray Bishop told U.S. District Judge Dee Benson that he thought his product was the same as bump stocks or trigger assemblies that are sold legally.
‘In my view, my kit was no different. In my view, my kit was as legal as they were. I was wrong obviously,’ he said.
A jury in January found Bishop guilty of unlawfully engaging in the business of manufacturing machine guns and illegal possession and transfer of machine guns. Benson sentenced Bishop to 33 months in prison followed by three years of probation. Benson called the case ‘troubling.’ He said Bishop was seemingly unaware of how risky his endeavor was and that a lot of his clientele were people ‘we would not want converting anything into an automatic weapon.'”
While it is possible that Bishop’s claim to ignorance is possible, unfortunately it’s not a sound defense in the court of law. As people take time to research and learn how to build and manufacture such modifications, usually they come across information stating that what they intend to build is illegal. There will always be a big market for after-purchase modifications to an assortment of firearms. When purchasing or manufacturing any modification, do your homework and see if the modification is breaking any laws to avoid serious jail time.