Over the weekend, Anarchist organization Defense Distributed fulfilled it's mission state to produce the world's first (known) fully functional all-plastic, completely printed firearm.
The prototype (dubbed "The Liberator" after the gun of WWII fame air dropped in Nazi controlled territory to arm pro-ally resistance and to lower morale of German forces who would be aware that the populace that they were occupying were being armed from mass air-dropped guns) shot 10 rounds of .380 ammo.
Here's the kicker: this gun is modular, meaning the barrel can be removed and replaced by another barrel for another caliber of round....or to replace the original should it break. This is the perfect "throw-away" gun.
Many in both the anti- and pro- 2nd amendment camps have had lots of people deriding it saying it couldn't be done, or that the gun would be a .22lr "plinker", or would only shoot one round and explode. I think this will be a rapidly evolving endeavor now that it's been proven to work. There will be more designs and advances will be made. This already on top of them having uploaded CAD files for high capacity magazines for assault rifles and lower receivers for AR-15's...lower receivers are the only regulated part of the firearm, anyone can purchase the other parts of an AR-15 with no background or anything. A 12 year old with a parent's credit card or a convicted felon would purchase all parts for an AR-15 except the lower receiver, and just print the lower receiver.
How does government control this? How do you ban a box and a spring (magazine), how do you ban a shape (receiver), how do you ban a design, how do you ban information (CAD files)? I mean, the best idea being put forward to combat this is renewing the Undetectable Firearms Act...which essentially says "You're not allowed to make a gun we can't detect."...I mean, if you can't fucking detect it, how the fuck are you gonna enforce something like that? And how do you even regulate who's doing it? Anyone with a 3D printer can download this CAD file and make as many guns as the want.
This post has been edited by ilyushin: Mon May 06, 2013 02:07 AM