Skip to comments.Professors question enforceability of 3-D printer legislation
Posted on 12/23/2013 8:11:19 PM PST by marktwain
While it is now illegal to use 3-D printers to manufacture firearms without proper licensing, some Penn professors question the significance of that legislation.
In September, Philadelphia became the first city to ban the use of 3-D printers to create part or all of a firearm by anyone other than a licensed gun manufacturer.
The legislation follows debate over 3-D printed guns, which stems from a public computer file released by the Texas company Defense Distributed in May, which could be used to create a firearm called The Liberator on a 3-D printer. This November, the manufacturing company Solid Concepts released a video revealing the creation of a metal pistol by a 3-D printer. In the video, the gun could hit a bulls-eye from nearly 100 feet away.
Although there are no known incidences of the creation or use of 3-D-printed firearms in Philadelphia, the issue becomes more pertinent as 3-D printers devices which both Penns School of Engineering and School of Design own become more accessible and functional.
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Man!!! That’s not Saying much!
You could easily make an M16 lower with a 3-d printer and in the case of the M16, the lower receiver IS legally the gun. You can buy upper receivers with barrels all day long on gunbroker.com, no questions asked.
The word “licensed” is really a code word meaning: A rule that accomplishes two things. (1) The need for a government agency and employees to review, certify and issue the license. (2) To ensure that only certain “special” individuals or entities are protected against any competition in the free market.
Number 2 is the most important.
I’d assume that an M16 with a printed lower was illegal since there is no serial #, but the thing is, that it’s possible, and it would be exceedingly difficult for anybody to check up on. In the US of course we can buy M16s legally, but I’d guess that this information would be interesting to people living in England, Denmark, Sweden, France, and other nations whose people have been totally sold out by their ruling classes.
the serial is for selling.
making from scratch does not require anything since it is not for sale.
Good luck explaining a gun without a SN to the first cop who ever notices it...