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April 02, 2009


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Your analysis of the use of parts kits is just plain wrong. Regardless of the source of the parts, a receiver manufactured in the United States is required to have a serial and marking to identify the manufacturer. That is sufficient to track the gun back to the source. Of course, if the receiver was made in some basement workshop, then it would have no markings - but would also be illegal.... Receivers could also be made in Mexico (they do have machine shops in Mexico!) and assembled into complete guns in Mexico.

it is unfortunate that media agencies seem to blow it when it contradicts their narrative. They all do it be it the corporate mainstream, right wing, or left wing. That is why I like open source intelligence services like

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