Here’s a first draft of what I would suggest changing the rules to.
- Work on an item that would result in changing the legal definition of the item under all applicable firearms laws is prohibited.
- Firearms must be unloaded at all times unless they are being carried in accordance with all applicable laws.
- Firearms and firearm components must be handled safely and respectfully at all times.
- Firearms and firearm components must be attended at all times.
I feel like less is more in this case. We could easily end up with dozens of rules but there are already so many good and well thought out rules and laws that we can piggyback on. Those rules above would prohibit things like the following.
- Manufacturing a receiver including finishing an “80%” receiver (the main concern from the ATF if I recall correctly)
- Shortening a rifle or shotgun barrel to below the minimum legal length
- Converting a semiautomatic firearm to an automatic firearm
- Converting a pistol into a short-barrelled rifle
- Manufacturing a suppressor or converting other items into suppressors
- 3D printing regulated items like receivers and suppressors
Stuff that would be possible under the above rules which would enable lots of safe and reasonable activities.
- Assembling kits that doesn’t involve changing the legal definition of any items like assembling an AR-15 rifle kit using a receiver that was obtained elsewhere like a gun shop
- Cleaning and maintaining firearms of all kinds
- Teaching others about firearms by doing things like disassembling a firearm and putting it back together
- Modifying firearms in ways that doesn’t involve changing the legal definition of any items like changing the stock, sling, sights, etc.
It would ban having a loaded gun in the space unless someone is carrying it legally like in a holster. If they want to do show and tell or whatever they’d have to take the gun somewhere else, take it out of the holster, unload it, bring it back unloaded, do whatever, leave again, load it somewhere else, holster it, come back.
People would be violating the rules for pointing firearms at people or otherwise handling firearms disrespectfully like spinning them around. Firearms would have to be attended at all times which means they couldn’t be stored for any reason. Less risk of theft and other nonsense associated with storing firearms.
If we want to we could point to specific literature in the rule for the safe and respectful handling of firearms like the NRA, NSSF, or some other organization with well documented guidelines and rules. On the other hand we’re all adults and have common sense. I could go either way.
One part I’m not sure on would be adding a yield rule. For example you setup on a workbench next to someone that isn’t comfortable with firearms. If they ask you to move and there’s another place you could reasonably move to, then you would need to move. My only concern with this is potential for abuse and harassment. Like someone following you around and continually making you move because they disapprove of what you’re doing and the rule would protect them. On the other hand maybe we’re all nice enough to each other that this wouldn’t even be necessary to have as a rule. I’d be fine with someone asking me to move because they’re uncomfortable with firearms.