A long line of people snaked out of a North County machine shop on a recent Sunday. The customers were there to build a gun.
Customers do not get to the machine shop until after they are checked out by Ares Armor in Oceanside. Team 10 promised not to reveal the location of the actual machine shop.
Dmitri Harris runs the Ares Armor store, along with his buddies, some Marine Corps infantry veterans. The shop is busy because more people are finding out about the chance to build your own gun without having to go through any registration or government signups of any kind.
It is possible because of the Gun Control Act of 1968. It reads, “an unlicensed individual may make a firearm,” but also says it has to be for personal use and cannot be for sale or distribution.
The shop doesn’t make the entire gun, only the lower receiver (the piece in the bottom center of the above photo). That’s the part that US law classifies as a firearm, and the only part that typically has a serial number on it.