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Print Your Own Gun

You can print your own meat, you can print yourself a pet (or even a robot), but if you could print a gun, would mayhem ensue? Would wily computer geeks become the new master criminals?

The guns would be printed on resin and would actually be able to fire bullets. On the American Public Media website, John Moe writes: "Plastic parts, working gun. No serial number, no registration, no waiting period. So how does the law deal with something like that?"

He quotes computer scientist Jonathan Zittrain as saying that, once this catches on, laws will be passed preventing you from printing items in "gun" shapes. But we're not allowed to print money or passports today, but plenty of criminals do it anyway.

Zittrain says, "You could see legislators going back in and so long as it could withstand the constitutional challenge under the Second Amendment, decide to tighten up the law a little bit to say whatever you're not allowed to acquire at a store, suppose you're a convicted felon for a violent crime, and under the law you're not allowed to go into the store and buy a gun, whatever you can't do in the store, you're not allowed to do at home.

"The problem is how do you enforce that kind of thing."

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More sensesional journalism. One cannot print any gun of substance out of plastic. The pressures involved in a firearm would cause a plastic gun to explode. But here we will probably again go down the road of more laws based on ignorance and fear. So this computer scientist knows how guns work? We live in a world full of compartmentalized "experts" who know nill about anything outside their expertise.

The article says it would be printed out of resin, not plastic, a material of which can be made very hard. A useable firearm can indeed be (and are) produced using a hardened resin, with the only drawback of it being that it's barrel wouldn't be quite as resilient as a metal one, and may only be viable for a few shots. However, think about that: as soon as the current weapon is worn out, a new one can be fabricated to replace it.
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On top of that, a weapon doesn't actually need to be able to work to function: a non-working replica gun can be just as effective in intimidating potential victims as a fully-functioning firearm.

And that is what i believe all these clamping down of copyright laws on the internet is about.Once these 3D printers are as common as an i phone.Anybody has the ability to print out the parts for almost anything via torrent websites like Pirate bay etc.
And if you can't tax it the mafia gets upset.

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