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Why the 3D Printed Firearm Will Be the Biggest Challenge Ever to the…..1st Amendment?
The Freehold ^ | May 6, 2013 | Jonathan David Baird

Posted on 05/07/2013 9:58:34 AM PDT by EveningStar

Yesterday when I saw the picture of the first fully 3D printed gun (I realize the firing pin is a nail and was not printed) I almost wept for joy. This is a first important step away from the dominance of the state over their citizens in many parts of the world. Americans enjoy the protection of Second Amendment, but many places that purport to be free countries have banned all guns outright or have made ownership so restrictive that getting a firearm is almost impossible. Other parts of the world are not so free as even that. Firearm ownership for people in places like China or North Korea could mean the death penalty. This new technology makes it possible for anyone anywhere with access to a certain level of technology to take the power of the state and place it into the hands of the people. The 3D printed gun is either the beginning of the end to those repressive regimes or the beginning of one of the largest and most sweeping crack down on civil rights in the past fifty years.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; 3dprinting; banglist; guncontrol; guns; jonathandavidbaird; printablegun; secondamendment; thefreehold

1 posted on 05/07/2013 9:58:34 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

KKKUomo will immeidatley pass an emergeny ‘bill of necessity’ banning printers of any kind


2 posted on 05/07/2013 10:02:33 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: EveningStar

Too bad ammunition can’t be made


3 posted on 05/07/2013 10:03:57 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: EveningStar

I think the technology is amazing but I am also concerned about how our government is looking at it.

Now, we are approaching the point in which anyone can produce almost anything outside big brother’s regulations. (we aren’t there yet but I can see it within the next few decades).

Knowing how the government operates, I can predict some major over-reactions, such as criminalizing ownership of restricted plans (such as plans for this gun or magazines), restricting the printing devices and components (this is a tough one as there are ‘open source’ printers available now and people can print the parts to make new printers for each other- not to mention the raw material is just plastic), criminalizing printing of parts that interfere with established manufacturers (such as printing a replacement trim piece for your car because you are taking away from an existing company that makes it).

Uncharted territory that reminds me of the late 90s with the Internet.

It could also serve as a potential economic boom like the internet did.


4 posted on 05/07/2013 10:06:07 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: EveningStar
I guarantee if they tried to ban it, every internet site across the entire world that shared files would instantly be flooded with the gun files, under dozens of names and configurations to avoid detection. Back a few years ago some judge tried it with the code to crack DVD encryption and the same thing happened
5 posted on 05/07/2013 10:07:54 AM PDT by apillar
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To: EveningStar

Baird’s blog poo has already been posted:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3016411/posts


6 posted on 05/07/2013 10:08:53 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: stuartcr; EveningStar
Too bad ammunition can’t be made

You are thinking too conventionally. Ever hear of a coil gun? People already make these in their garage that produces similar results to a .22 or .380. I can see technology such as 3D printing thriving for this type of firearm because you don't have to have the high tolerances and specifications to handle combustion. The electronics can be gathered from scraps such as disposable cameras (most of the parts in the instructions at that link are from cameras).

7 posted on 05/07/2013 10:12:47 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring
criminalizing ownership of restricted plans (such as plans for this gun or magazines)

Yup - and that's where the First Amendment comes in.

8 posted on 05/07/2013 10:14:42 AM PDT by Jötunn
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To: mnehring

In this case, it is conventional.


9 posted on 05/07/2013 10:15:03 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: humblegunner

Oops. I just punched abuse on my own thread.


10 posted on 05/07/2013 10:15:30 AM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar

We generally don’t consider it duplicate if more than 4 hours have gone by. Especially if there is activity on the thread.


11 posted on 05/07/2013 10:19:49 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: EveningStar
Damn...freedom is just so, well, so uncontrollable by government powermongers. They have to stamp it out wherever they can.

But the only way freedom can really be controlled is through the moral conscience and foundation of those who are free. That way it remains freedom...the government powermongers always want to turn it into tyranny.

America at the Crossroads of History

12 posted on 05/07/2013 10:21:24 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: mnehring

I think my kids and I just found our summer project :) Love Instructables...not sure how I missed this one.


13 posted on 05/07/2013 10:37:36 AM PDT by colinhester
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To: EveningStar

It happens.


14 posted on 05/07/2013 10:47:08 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

I always try to search, but sometimes I miss things. This isn’t the first time I’ve punched abuse on one of my own posts.


15 posted on 05/07/2013 10:54:22 AM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: colinhester

That one is pretty simple but there is a link on that page to a lit of different plans including some pretty powerful ones.


16 posted on 05/07/2013 10:57:58 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: EveningStar

I wouldn’t have said anything if it weren’t Baird,
he who so gleefully talked trash about me on Facebook.


17 posted on 05/07/2013 10:58:17 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: EveningStar
Why the 3D Printed Firearm Will Be the Biggest Challenge Ever to the…..1st Amendment?

Ol' Steely had this point nailed back on 18 April 2003:

I'll tell you what's inevitable, Ms. Pelosi: anyone, anywhere in the United States, will be able to download a complete, working machine gun from the internet, built in their basement on a machine the size of a filing cabinet if not smaller.

Ditto for ammunition and magazines.

And if you want to stop that, you'll have to stop the transmission of data... free speech, in other words.

At that point, you and your corrupt cohorts will be pushing uphill against the first two amendments of the Constitution.


18 posted on 05/07/2013 11:22:36 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: EveningStar

Oops I meant “18 April 2013.” Sorry About That.


19 posted on 05/07/2013 11:24:21 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: EveningStar

If we continue to allow infringement on a right guaranteed by the unambiguous words “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” then we have ourselves as much to blame as the vermin in government in their continuing quest to be dominant in their rule over us.

In case anyone has forgotten (thanks to public schools) the Feds derive their limited powers from us. If we do not agree to give them these powers they are not to have them.

No honest person can challenge what I have written but we do not have enough people of courage, character, conviction to enforce what the Founders risked everything to give us.

It would seem a whole lot of chlorine needs to be poured into the politician, judicial, media, public school... gene pool.


20 posted on 05/07/2013 12:16:15 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: mnehring

When I saw the replicators on Star Trek, it looked cool. You could order up anything you wanted, any time you wanted. In the later series, you saw how the supply was limited by available power and restrictions on what could be replicated. In short, the replicators eliminated most traditional manufacturing - and gave the people in charge the ability to ration everything and control material specifications, too.
It wasn’t freedom from material want. You saw people who had darn near no possessions at all, even with families with two kids. You got food and endless entertainment, but not “stuff” beyond your allotment.


21 posted on 05/07/2013 1:04:44 PM PDT by tbw2
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