As The Meltdown On 3D Printed (Garbage) Guns Continues, There’s Something Important To Remember

When it comes to 3D printed plastic firearms, many are completely losing it over something that is almost never going to be created. Why would someone spend thousands on a 3D printer to make an inferior copy that is a whole lot more expensive and just as likely to blow up in the users hands as fire a bullet? One which won’t be able to fire many rounds in reality? You can purchase a quality rifle or handgun for a whole lot less. The worry is there over what will be undetectable “ghost guns”, but not to this degree

This obviously goes on and on and on.

Cody is, of course, the person who’s putting all these plans on-line. And there are all sorts of lawsuits in the works, along with legislation. But, um….

(Daily Caller) The National Rifle Association had to point out Tuesday that any untraceable gun is outlawed in reference to the recent legal settlement that will allow for the blueprints on how to print and set up a gun from a 3D printer to be available to the public.

“Many anti-gun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms. Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years,” Chris Cox, the NRA-ILA Executive Director, said, according to Stephen Gutowski.

He continued, “Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA’s support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.” (snip)

The federal Undetectable Firearms Act, which was passed in 1988, made it illegal to manufacture or possess a weapon that would not be detected in a properly functioning metal detector or x-ray machine.

Now, someone could make a blended weapon, putting some metal in them, but, why bother? It’s still not as good, or cost effective, as simply purchasing a manufactured firearm, produced to exacting standards, and won’t blow up on you.

Really, this is not a 2nd Amendment case, but a 1st Amendment, one in which government at various levels is attempting to stop the free exchange of ideas (that are not national security material). If you look, you can find all sorts of interesting things online. You could find bomb making plans if you wanted. Or plans to build a regular, not blow up on you firearm. Or your own airplane. So, it’s one thing to make the guns, which is already illegal. It’s another to block the spread of the plans. And it’s a third for a total freakout by gun grabbers who fear-mongering without knowing the law. Or, they could be purposefully not telling people the law.

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