Should it be illegal to make a gun with a 3-D printer? (3-D printers are devices that can "print" physical shapes/objects from digital plans. Functioning guns will be technically possible before long).
3-D printers don't kill people. People with 3-D printers kill people.
Wait! Is this the first or second amendment? Then right to a free press or the right to bear arms?
The right to free arms?
I've added some explanation in the question itself. And here I thought *everyone* starts their morning by reading Popular Science magazine online. :-)
I'm a republican and yea it should be illegal! You can't just automatically say no when it comes to guns for everything!
Cool. I'm gonna print me up some more cats.
What's next? Make it illegal to draw a picture of a gun? How quickly we are willing to give away the things others gave their lives for.
How far is your head up your ass that you have never heard of this?
Functioning pieces of guns have already been printed.
That would kind of infringe on my right to free speech, wouldn't it...? If congress has time to pass legislation as stupid as this, it's time to cut their hours (and pay).
That's a terrible idea! I dont think guns should be illegal, but printing your own gun? That's Crazy!!
More than a few regulars who post on SOH will be buying their printers...to protect America.
Tell me HOW you will make it illegal?
Just like your pathetic laws make it impossible to make drugs? How about alcohol in the 20's, how did that work?
You liberals are the definition of insanity.
Would a criminal care if it was legal or not?
It should be illegal to shoot people.
Liberalism is a mental disorder. Just remember that.
It should legal to make it, just like its legal to make a still. The use of the object is where you get in trouble. Im not pro or anti gun, but I am an American, and that part of me says F U to anyone telling me what I can and can't do in my own house.
Since if you ban something no one will ever do it again.
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Laws keep only the good people honest
Let's make it illegal to cut branches off of a tree and sharpen them into spears, because someone may get stabbed. Absurd.
What the heck is a 3-d printer?!?
You can buy a kit from Cabelas to make a hand-cranked two-barrel machine gun, and plans online for a ten-barrel Gatling gun scaled to 22LR. Perfectly legal to buy, build, own, and shoot. As long as you don't put a motor on it (overwhelmingly tempting, just once), nobody cares. No problems so far.
If you have the intelligence and means to create an actual model from a 3-D printer, you are intelligent enough to create a gun without the printer
I'm not saying I LIKE the idea, just that it seems the laws should be consistent.
Yeah, because we don't have easy enough access to guns. (sarcasm, btw)
No? I don't know what a 3-d printer is but the Communists are already making it illegal? So it must be a no if it has them this pissed already.
Make it illegal. It won't matter. People are going to print guns. Technology trumps laws.
Not really. I've studied this for a bit and the quality is comparitively low. While it could and will improve, it can't produce he same quality as a factory and thus can't handle the other caliber ammunition or automatic use. Right now it can't even use metal, it uses plastics.
What's wrong with gun ownership being socially acceptable?
It's just an easy way to convert a plan into an object. The technology is not yet fully developed, but how is it much different than now, using CAD/CAM, or simple machining, which actually can create everything from barrel to screws, today? You can do your own gunsmithing at home; many hobbyists do.
And criminals always abide by laws, right?
Can't print springs, barrel, good luck getting a chamber than can withstand high pressures generated from firing. You'd break it by shooting it.
Why not just ban murder?
My dad, a mechanical engineer, said he & fellow students in the 1930s used to discuss the idea of sending a vehicle to the moon (or maybe just into orbit around earth; I forget) but decided it would never happen because of inadequate fuel and/or materials. Never say never.
Wouldn't this be classified as an IED? Improvised explosive device.
Nothing like Big Government sticking their nose up our asses.
I'll print counterfeit dildos and pink guns. Who's going to stop me? You can't make it illegal. It won't work.
I disagree. Yes, plastic would not be an ideal choice of material for any long term use. But for a one time, untraceable, and easily disposable purpose. It's perfect. And let's be real....if that's the criteria of what you need. It's probably not for "legit" purposes.
*facepalm* Congratulations, you just made the top 10 stupid comments list
Do you guys realize how much these things cost? Plus they aren't just giving these things to anybody my school had to fight hard to get on the list of buyers there aren't that many that you could waltz into Walmart and buy one so with the price and limited availability hardly worth it for a criminal
Then you'll get strangled.
We always get afraid of new technology thinking it will end the world. It will not replace everything. It is just a valuable tool that helps improve the way we do business. It is a great tool. We will still need manufacturing. It has limitations. We need rapid prototyping and modeling.
Seems like it should only be legal with a permit and a reason. Commercially sold, for example, would be a reason. Making guns willy nilly with no gun permit and no registration of the guns should absolutely be 100% illegal.
that's not going to stop criminals from making guns
We don't want people hurting themselves with inferior products that explode in their hands when they use them.
..is the one making the gun, but I'd like to know what the LAW (or laws, if it differs by state) is. If that's all legal, then I don't see why printing one wouldn't be also, ignoring the fact that a working model can't be made at this time. But what are the laws on realistic-LOOKING "guns"?
There's no way to make a gun undetectable. Between the chamber, the barrel, the springs, and the ammo there will be enough metal parts to show up on an airport scanner. That's without considering that the ammo smells explosive and the dogs and mechanical sniffers would pick up on it.
What mixture of meds did you have this morning to come up with this?....
You watch too much CSI.
Rapid prototyping machines (often called 3D printers have been used to build gun frames from files you can easily download from the Internet.)
The technology is not sufficient to print barrels, springs, many moving parts or ammunition yet.
As of yet there is no synthetic material that can replace a barrel. True, all other parts can be synthetic. But to fire an explosive projectile (ie ammo) you need the barrel to be steel, or better.