Mother Jones reporter Bryan Schatz (that’s apparently/unfortunately his real name) went to a “build party” in California, and built an AK-pattern rifle in order to gin up anti-gun hysteria among his hipster peers.
In the free states and under federal law, building your own rifle is is absolutely legal. I have friends who have built firearms from nothing that are frankly far more impressive, but that is another story.
Unfortunately for Schatz, he traveled from Colorado to the state of California and didn’t follow their (abitrary, absurd, etc) rules, and constructed his firearm in such a way as to make a prohibited firearm, which he also apparently disposed of illegally, according to one of his reader-critics who seems to know California’s law far better than Schatz.
Do you know how many felonies you just committed? Just because you are a reporter doesn’t make you immune to these multiple CA felonies:
1) Owning a semi-automatic w/ a pistol grip
2) At 1:20 you can clearly see that the magazine lock is mounted too far back, allowing the magazine to be detached without the use of a tool.
3) You perform an improper disposal of the gun and leave it for the garbage collector. By CA law, that’s an illegal transfer since he didn’t go through an FFL.
I hope you get shafted by those strict laws you support, idiot.
I suspect Schatz is now attempting to claim the David Gregory defense, where liberal anti-gun activists aren’t expected to be held to the same laws as regular people.