“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 and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.