“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

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. 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. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.