How to Destroy an AR-15

Dick’s Sporting Goods enraged the NRA by choosing to destroy their remnants of assault rifles and accessories. Dick’s removed firearms from the shelves of its 35 Field & Stream stores in February after 17 people were killed and 17 others injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The company confirmed to Rolling Stone its plans to completely destroy the guns, first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week, instead of returning them to manufacturers or offloading them to another dealer.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale due to our policy change of February 28,” a company spokesman said in a statement. “We destroy the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”

The federal guidelines outlining the destruction of an assault rifle or “modern sporting rifle” like the AR-15 derive from two laws: the National Firearms Act of 1934, written in response to Mafia violence of the Prohibition era, and the Gun Control Act of 1968, triggered by the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

In order to meet the requirements of NFA and GCA, the firearm frame or receiver must be “destroyed by complete shredding, melting or crushing”. Alternatively, the ATF also offers the possibility of “destroying firearms by torch cuts”.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms says Dick’s must carry out the destruction himself while the agency provides weapons destruction guidelines.

“It’s entirely up to the company – however they want to do it,” says Special Agent Joshua Jackson to Rolling Stone. “We are not part of this process; We don’t pick up the destroyed items. “

What the ATF does is provide Dicks – and anyone else interested in destroying an AR-15, machine gun, or other weapon – with step-by-step guides on the most effective way to get the job done to do.

If you have one of these guns at home and you want to destroy it yourself, here’s how:

First, you’ll need a blowtorch. According to the official guidelines of the office, “cutting with a band saw or cutting disc does not ensure destruction”.

Next, you need to disassemble the rifle and separate the weapon frame or receiver from the rest of the weapon. To be completely inoperable, the recipient – the part of the weapon that holds the hammer, breech or breech and the firing mechanism in place – must be completely severed in three specific places.

Where you make the cuts depends on which model of weapon you’re burning down – ATF provides diagrams for an M1919 Browning firearm, a G3-type Heckler & Koch firearm, and a Sten-type firearm – and recommends for destroying an AR-15 the ATF following its guidelines for the FN / FAL rifle.

The first cut is made through the threaded section of the mounting ring and the magazine slot opening on the underside of the frame. Next, separate the hinge pin, ejector block, and bolt guide rails. Finally, you’ll need to burn through the locking tab and bolt guide rails. Make sure that each cut completely severes the frame.

According to the ATF guidelines: “All cutting must be done with a cutting torch, the tip of which is large enough to displace at least ¼ inch of material at every point.”

That’s it! Three cuts with a blowtorch and you’re done.

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