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Thread: First 3-D printable handgun under fire

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    First 3-D printable handgun under fire

    The creator of what's being called the world's first 3-D-printed handgun is coming under fire from lawmakers concerned that anyone with a 3-D printer and an Internet connection will be able to print an untraceable arsenal.

    Cody Wilson, the 25-year-old founder of Defense Distributed, is expected to release his controversial blueprint for the gun—called the "Liberator"—online this week, according to Forbes.

    The report immediately drew the ire of both New York Rep. Steve Israel, who called for a renewal of the Undetectable Firearms Act, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who called use of the technology “stomach-churning.”

    “Security checkpoints, background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser," Israel said in a statement on Friday. "When I started talking about the issue of plastic firearms months ago, I was told the idea of a plastic gun is science-fiction. Now that this technology is proven, we need to act now."

    Defense Distributed announced plans to create the world's first entirely printable handgun last year. In March, the company obtained a federal license as a gun manufacturer.

    "The Wiki Weapon project," as it's described on Defense Distributed's website, is "a nonprofit effort to create freely available plans for 3D printable guns."

    “This gun can fire regular bullets,” Schumer said, according to the Daily News. “Now anyone, a terrorist, someone who is mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon, can essentially open a gun factory in their garage. It must be stopped.”

    Wilson, a self-described “free-market anarchist” and University of Texas law student, is keenly aware of the controversy.

    "You can print a lethal device," Wilson told Forbes last year. "It's kind of scary, but that's what we're aiming to show."
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    Ban printers
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    This is too much. I don't think I can live in a world where any dumbass, psychopath, or a-hole can just print a little plastic gun in his or her garage and then go take out Magneto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    Ban printers
    What's your solution then?



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    What will the NRA say on this matter? The 3D printer may take the guns manufacturer out of business...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhinzN703
    What's your solution then?
    Well I assume the fearful would be advocates of full body & property searches at every college, school, bar, restaurant, hotel, sporting event, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    Well I assume the fearful would be advocates of full body & property searches at every college, school, bar, restaurant, hotel, sporting event, etc.
    What is your solution then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhinzN703 View Post
    What's your solution then?
    Not directed towards me but...

    Treat this the same way we treat bomb schematics that find their way onto the web: take them down. For future printers, create a law which forces the companies to create blocks when trying to print these type of weapons. To avoid the inevitably lawsuits that would arise from weapons being...printed(not a phrase i expected to write), i have a feeling the companies would have very little problem working with the government on the issue.

    All of that wont completely eliminate the problem, but probably make it mostly obsolete. If people have to jump around all of those obstacles to get a weapon they probably will just save themselves the trouble and go buy one instead. I know that last sentence sounds hilarious but i meant it truthfully. It at least gives the future criminal some chance of getting caught, albeit a small one.
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