August 2, 2018

3D Gun Blueprints

hours before they were set to hit the internet... The decision blocked a settlement President Donald Trump’s administration had reached with a Texas-based company which initially said it planned to put files online on Wednesday.” (Reuters)

It’s worth noting that current federal law

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The left is divided.



“The ability to circumvent lawful and reasonable processes for purchase will undermine the work of all law enforcement.

Washington Post

. Simply stated, the laws covering the manufacture of traditional guns need to apply to the creation of 3D guns as well. That means we also need mandatory background checks for all gun buyers, including online, at gun shows, and for all 3D-printed guns.




“From what we’ve already learned by examining the Liberator handgun, we can see that the gun is

Slate

“The value of free speech outweighs whatever benefits may come from making it a bit harder for people to figure out how to make illegal weapons... Guns made on 3-D printers may also cause harm, but that doesn’t mean they should be outside the First Amendment.”

Bloomberg

The right believes the first amendment protects dissemination of 3-D printed gun designs, noting that such designs are already widely available on the internet.

The right believes the first amendment protects dissemination of 3-D printed gun designs, noting that such designs are already widely available on the internet.

Gun blueprints “are nothing more than information... If any readers are fans of ‘Breaking Bad,’ you might be pleased to know that publishing or downloading Walter White’s meth recipe—were it a real thing—would be fully protected by the First Amendment, even if following the recipe to create the Blue Sky product would land you in the pokey.”

The Federalist

“You don’t need a license to make a gun for personal use; you need one only if you make a gun for sale or distribution... [in addition] plastic-gun plans are but one Google search away for every man, woman, and child in the United States. Just before I wrote this piece, I typed a single phrase and found plans for multiple guns.”

National Review

Moreover, “you didn’t need to wait for 3D printers or fancy plans to know how to build a gun at home... Instead, you can find a free online copy of that old army handbook and just open to the section on firearms... Whether or not the Internet or the 3D printer gives more people the ability to make guns, it will remain just as illegal as it ever was to go around brandishing them, pointing them at people, or of course shooting them, or providing them to convicted felons.”

Washington Examiner

Worth noting: “In all, one is looking at $2,500 to $2,700 for a [3-D printed] handgun. Why would a criminal pay that when he can go into a dark alley in any Democrat-controlled city — i.e., Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston–and buy a stolen [gun] for $300 or $400?”

Breitbart

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