“Plastics”: First Working Plastic Gun Rolls Off of 3-D Printer; Blueprints to Follow

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Now you will be able to print up a working handgun in your own home — and it will not be detectable by security.  [UPDATE, 5:00: Nod to Ryan C. here — “will not be detectable by currently employed regular security measures.”   It could still be detectable by, say, strip searches.]   That Second Amendment, huh?  The BBC tells the story here (unfortunately I can’t embed the video, so you’ll have to click the link):

Plastic gun

Toy for tots?

As you’ll see from the video, it apparently works.  The only metal part is the small firing pin.  (I’m not sure about the composition of the bullets.)  Even the barrel is all plastic.

I’ve been following the career of University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, who I don’t think would mind being termed a Second Amendment extremist, for a while now.  Smart kid.  One might even say “scary smart.”

Wilson believes that this will allow people in repressive regimes (like, oh, Afghanistan or New York City) to bypass any government constraints on gun manufacture and ownership.  I think that Wilson needs to spend some time stuck in a repressive regime and see if that changes his calculations.  Scary smart can also be scary dumb.

He says that he plans to distribute the blueprints on the internet.  The good news is that only good and trustworthy people will be able to afford the $8000 for a printer (or get access to their parents’ printer, or a friends) and crank these suckers out.  Right?  It’s not like we’re already having any problems these days with home-manufactured weapons.  Right?  Right?

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)