DIY GHOST GUNS
Sleep with one eye open be cause starting on August 1st, people will be able to legally download and produce 3D printed guns.
Just last week, gun rights activists reached a settlement with the US State Department and Department of Justice allowing them to post detailed instructions on their website, including plans, files and 3-D drawings of the weapons. The founder of the site that enables this, Texas-based Cody Wilson, claims:
"This merely formalises something that was already happening. The gun culture was already quite prolific online. Ever since there's been an internet, there's been large gun forums and markets of information related to making guns."
This case has been processing for some time. In 2013 the US government initially blocked downloads of the blueprints, citing a violation of export laws called International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). However, Wilson then sued the State Department two years later arguing that the government was violating his freedom of expression and that he was only distributing computer code rather than actual weapons. Alas, a recent court settlement between Wilson and the Trump administration has created a new legal precedent for the blueprints to legally go back online.
The 3-D printed guns are inferior to "real" weapons - but still potentially lethal. Printers run anywhere from $200 to hundreds of thousands. So now, anyone with a simple 3D printer, can make plastic semi-automatic assault-style weapons in their own basement. Isn't this the last thing the world needs?
NEWSFLASH: As we were posting this item online, a confusing tweet from Trump stated:
“I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!”
Read more in this Guardian article. In the meantime we remain confused - and terrified.