Answering the Commonly Asked Questions
Although ghost guns are legal to manufacture, as attorneys who practice in the field of firearms law, we regularly receive questions about these weapons. Let’s address some of the most common questions.
Can you use a partially manufactured piece of metal, such as an 80% lower?
Can the firearm be made entirely of plastic?
No. Federal law prohibits the manufacture of any weapon that is undetectable by conventional x-ray machines.
Do you have to mill the receiver yourself?
Yes, you are required to mill the receiver yourself. If a gunsmith mills it for you, the gunsmith could be considered an unlicensed manufacturer.
Does your gun need to have a serial number?
No, a serial number is not required.
Do you have to register a manufactured gun?
No. In fact, there is no gun registry in Texas.
Can you build a gun with the intention of selling it?
No. You should not manufacture a firearm if you plan on selling it. Otherwise, you may be considered an unlicensed manufacturer.
For any further questions regarding “ghost guns” in the State of Texas and what builds are legal or illegal, call Texas LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.
The preceding should not be construed as legal advice nor the creation of an attorney-client relationship. This is not an endorsement or solicitation for any service. Your situation may be different, so please contact your attorney regarding your specific circumstances. Because the laws, judges, juries, and prosecutors vary from location to location, similar or even identical facts and circumstances to those described in this presentation may result in significantly different legal outcomes. This presentation is by no means a guarantee or promise of any particular legal outcome, positive, negative, or otherwise.