Excellent article on “3D printed guns”

More in the news regarding printing of firearms.


Article states making a Title I would be challenging, and any resultant firearm is likely to be a Title II “any other weapon” class.

I am curious as to what the requirements for Title I which would make production difficult. Granted, my understanding is that a fully automatic is in fact a simpler mechanism than a semi-automatic firing system. But the semi-auto mechanism is well known.

I give kudos to the article for even mentioning Title classes of firearms.

I have to give this author kudos. Yahoo articles tend to be very weak, poorly written and lacking in research. Gun articles in general tend to fall into the same. To see an article on Yahoo discussing guns that is in fact well researched is, well, shocking is an understatement.

The article is insightful into how a simple pieced of molded (or now printed) plastic with zero moving parts is considered illegal in NYC. And could get you a felony conviction. And even at 25% scale the author was fearful of the potential risk in NYC.

But that’s essentially the point being made here. Is that when this new technology matures out of it’s current infancy, regulations, even the banning of all guns and shutting down of all factories, will not prevent criminals from having guns.

“Yet despite the widely distributed means of production and low financial and knowledge requirements, the regulation-shaking, homemade gun-making revolution hasn’t happened in this country.”

I think that is largely, because of the cost to effort value. I can pick up a good handgun for $400-$500. I can even pick up a rifle or low-end handgun for about $100-$300. So the question is, why would I invest in even basic milling tools to create a sub-par firearm when doing so would cost me more than just buying it.

But eliminate that access, and quickly, you’d see a market arise very fast. With those same simply hand milled guns filling the market. Sure they might be a bit more expensive, less reliable, and less safe. But would they be any less prevalent in the hands of criminals? I really don’t think so.

And as the designs get worked out and refined. Eventually, event hat reliability and safety factor would be improved. There was a time you had to go to a print shop for quality printouts. Now days, people are printing their own publications, and even printing their own photographs on Kodak paper. Many rivaling and even far surpassing the quality of the print shop of yesteryear.

The question is, will our government try to deem such designs as such a potent danger that they’d make the possession or sharing of such a criminal act? Would they be willing to violate both our 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights in the name of security. Sadly, I believe they would; or at least be willing to try.

Published in: on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 am  Comments (1)  
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