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Show Of Hands December 25th, 2012 12:00am

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).

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oceania New Jersey
12/25/12 5:03 pm

Please tell me how you police this law.

Do you implant chips into each 3D printer so the government knows what you are printing and when?

Before you write a law, figure out if you can actually enforce it.

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Mud Constitutionalist
12/26/12 11:32 am

No more illegal than making a gun in a machine shop. Same rules.

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JaquesV Bentonville, AR
12/25/12 9:25 pm

Many 3D printers used in homes are built by the Makers themselves. They buy off-the-shelf boards and controllers and add the software themselves. No good way to police that just like a drill press and old fashioned milling tools that people use to hand craft firearms.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 12:34 pm

Don't forget the springs. You can't print springs.

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wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/25/12 9:25 am

You can't print a working gun. The tensile strength and moving parts including springs will be an issue. It is possible to create molds for molten materials though.

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SGTHOOAH
12/25/12 5:14 pm

????????

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praetorianus65
12/25/12 5:21 pm

Don't color Xeroxes also have a function not to copy money without sending anything to the government?

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tdyakker lost
12/25/12 1:00 pm

The technology is so expensive only large companies or the very wealthy could afford the machines!

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dpoirr11 Addis, LA
12/25/12 5:24 pm

injection molding would have to be used. 3D printing a gun would be more dangerous for the shooter than the target.

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Vincere Seattle
12/25/12 5:33 pm

Yeah, and let's hope it stays that way. I wouldn't want to live in a world where any manic could print his own weapon of choice.

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aph514
12/26/12 1:37 am

I understand your point, but if were legal to produce a nuclear weapon, would that be okay and limited to its use? I sincerely hate to employ a slippery slope argument, but if ever it was appropriate, wouldn't weapon replication be the arena?

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honored
12/25/12 10:00 am

It's not printing pictures of guns that we are discussing.
We are discussing printing actual, working guns that can kill people. With new technology called 3-D printing, this is possible. Right now 3-D printing cannot print such complex things, but soon it will be able to do so.

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MrLove lovers, dreamers and me
12/25/12 6:16 pm

This was actually in production. A group online was very close to publishing a tested design, but was shut down by the Feds recently.

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BAL North Carolina
12/25/12 10:10 am

Can I print food with this 3D printer?

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3acn
12/25/12 2:28 pm

When I first heard about this it put a huge smile on my face. One more hurdle for the gov to take away one of my rights for which thousands of Americans have fought and died. It just makes me sick that some of you would even consider handing them over.

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3acn
12/25/12 2:31 pm

This takes much more knowledge and skill than just hitting print as well. And it takes hours to print just one.

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Jack14 Massachusetts
12/25/12 10:23 am

Then we should ban violence.

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MrMilkdud
12/25/12 10:24 am

$1000 machine that can print a virtually unlimited number of guns.
Sounds like an economical option.

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acctdele
12/25/12 2:43 pm

Is there anything you people think the federal government SHOULDN'T ban or have a mandate or regulation on? You should all read up on how to catch wild pigs and see if after reading it you think we should ban everything in sight.

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soulfighter
12/25/12 10:26 am

Simple answer is no. Any device made to inflict harm, even death should be monitored for the safety of others. A machine that can make plastic parts for a weapon won't we good for anyone.

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Amjy88
12/25/12 2:50 pm

It should be a military weapon only

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potatoes
12/25/12 7:57 pm

Exactly. Bithi g wrong with that. Why don't most realize this?

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wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/25/12 8:03 pm

We always want to ban things that threaten our profits. We want control of the cash flow. These are useful machines but can't print a ready made working gun. At best we have to assemble the pieces. Not all components meet functional standards today. What about springs and other materials?

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gonzoboy Arizona
12/26/12 5:46 am

As someone who leans Libertarian, I'm hesitant to endorse another activity inside the privacy of my home, requiring constant, ongoing Governmental monitoring. If these printers can actually produce functioning firearms, sell them and/or software at gun shops, subject to the same regulations, right?

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bb1884
12/25/12 3:14 pm

It's already illegal unless you have a fire arms manufacturing license... That is good enough for me.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 11:01 am

If you're buying a gun.

If you just want to build yourself one, that's completely legal.

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jmw7477 Indiana
12/25/12 3:20 pm

I think it should be highly regulated.

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lazel fandom rehab
12/25/12 11:03 am

I have an idea! Let's ban everything! Like that's really going to work

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peacefullife Land of Moss
12/25/12 3:22 pm

Criminals aren't hindered by laws, so the only people such a law would impact are the ones who would be responsible weapon owners in the first place.

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soulfighter
12/25/12 11:08 am

Doo: I'm sure technology is going to advance a lot more than we all expect. And laws should be updated with technological growth. I appreciate ur feedback cuz I now realize that maybe we need to address this in policy ASAP. Whatever the outcome is.

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Jason19 New York
12/26/12 6:49 am

Regardless of whether it sounds good or not, it's nearly impossible to force something like this. Some places say locked software. Well everyone will simply jailbreak it lol. Either way, the quality of a printed gun will be far lower than a manufactured one at this point. No real danger.

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huxley84 head space
12/25/12 3:56 pm

It's already possible.

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JaquesV Bentonville, AR
12/25/12 9:16 pm

It would be cheaper just to buy parts and tools from Lowes and make it old-school. Folks do that now... they even make their own ammo.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 9:16 am

A 3D printer, also called a rapid prototyping machine, builds a 3 dimensional object from tiny dabs of ABS plastic (usually).

They have been used to print an AR-15 frame, but cannot print most of the moving parts, springs, barrels, or ammunition.

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Mud Constitutionalist
12/26/12 11:34 am

Gotta have the correct materials and technology.

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FastFusion nj
12/26/12 8:50 am

Today's tech can not reproduce a firearm. Especially a barrel that has to withstand the HUGE pressure generated by smokeless powder. Maybe smaller firearm parts that don't have to withstand 40,000 psi. But the quality would be worse than china. You would probably kill yourself first time firing it

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Jack14 Massachusetts
12/25/12 9:48 am

All guns should be banned no matter how they are made.

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jimiscott Survivor
12/25/12 9:54 am

If it were possible to print a complete working weapon then no. It could be untraceable and used by psychos. It would possibly be a one time use throwaway weapon and that would be very dangerous in a psychos hands.

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JaquesV Bentonville, AR
12/27/12 8:48 am

Google something before making absurd claims. I had a 3d printer that I paid $800 for and got it a few weeks after ordering it. MakerBot cranks them out all day. RepRap has plans so you can build your own. People have used the plans to build printers for everything from chocolate to concrete.

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omniku dot com
12/26/12 12:29 pm

It's gonna be a weird future. Hard to imagine what will happen, let alone how to legislate it. Just wait until gene modding becomes commonplace. Personally, I'm gonna get me some wings and some gills and print myself a bunch of guns.

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ncbuc Get Over It
12/25/12 6:18 pm

Anyone with access to a machine shop and, as i stated, basic mechanical skill, can make a gun. And plenty have...

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DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
12/25/12 10:06 am

Printing a working gun can't happen so quit worrying about it.

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3acn
12/25/12 2:24 pm

Actually the reprap can be built for as little as $450. There is another one that was less but I can't remember the name.

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MrMilkdud
12/25/12 10:16 am

Actually, yes. There are 3d printers that use protein and carbohydrate compounds to "print" foods.
They want to use them to "grow" animal based meat that doesn't come from animals.

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MrFred
12/25/12 10:20 am

So is human cloning but we've got laws on the books.

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susanr Colorado
12/27/12 9:52 pm

MrProws, I need one of those chocolate printers. Real bad.

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wdjs
12/28/12 6:07 am

A 3d printer will never be able to create a functioning gun. It can't create the inner workings of a gun from a picture. Ridiculous. Guns will never be outlawed so get over it. Stop drumming up controversy where there isn't any.

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jeffro02
12/26/12 4:56 am

How would you unforced something like this? Why pass unenforceable laws?

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satiricalnick meh
12/25/12 2:44 pm

>what would you like sir?

Yeah ill have the printed bacon, on a printed sesame seed bun.

>ok, that will be 5 printed dollars.

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