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Elected representative calls for ban on 3D printed guns.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Justin, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Via a story at Boing Boing

    It turns out that Steve Israel (D, Huntington) is just calling for a renewal of the "Undetectable Weapons Act."

  2. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    I wonder how accurate that plastic barrel is?

    Our education system has failed tremendously. Well, I guess you can't teach sense.
  3. hq

    hq Well-Known Member

    Has anyone even tried to inform Mr. Israel that weapons like this don't exist and most likely won't in the foreseeable future? He might as well campaign for banning Star Wars handheld blasters.
  4. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    They do. Sorta. A few people have made lowers from 3D printers. I think I saw that someone on another forum had a few hundred or a thousand rounds of .22 through one. Then there's the one in 5.56 (?) that only lasted 6 rounds.

    Obviously there is some advancement needed to make useable firearms out of them, though. And obviously they aren't completely constructed of plastics. There are barrels, bolts, pins, springs, etc.
  5. hq

    hq Well-Known Member

    Yes, lowers, but as far as I've understood, we're talking about a complete firearm. The distinct lack of non-metallic barrels, bolts and slides regardless of price range is an indicator that Mr. Israel is addressing a problem that doesn't exist.

    Even the most modern carbon fiber barrels have a fairly thick steel lining. All it takes, of course, is one invention that'll replace steel, but considering how much effort and money has been put to developing one during several decades, the likelihood of it happening anytime soon is slim. And when that happens, it still has a long way to trickle down to 3D home printing reality.

    Mr. Israel might as well be concerned about the legality of light sabers and Star Trek replicators, without sounding the slightest bit more ridiculous than he does now. :evil:
  6. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Oh, there are several other materials that can work for barrels. But they're still metals, and will still set off any detector.

    It is theoretically possible to make a firearm that is completely polymer, but we're talking about a one or two shot liberator-type gun using a very low pressure cartridge and having pretty much zero accuracy. There are high impact resins that could take the abuse a time or three. However, these are high tech thermoplastics that require very expensive and precise manufacturing processes, not something that you can squirt out on a rep rap. Build a barrel out of the ABS or nylon coming out of a 3D printer, expect to dig it out of your body in small pieces.

    Of course, all the speculating about how it could or couldn't be done kind of ignores the fact that it's still unlawful to possess any firearm that can pass through a metal detector anyway. Furthermore, continued renewal of the UWA won't affect 3D printed firearms in the least, since they'll still need many metal parts. It's clear that this Steve Israel knows nothing of firearms or the state of polymers and ceramics technology.
  7. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    You're absolutely right, he is.

    Why is he doing this?

    Pretty much sums it up.

    What really infuriates me is that he is trying to pass legislation on a (non)issue that he hasn't even researched, or even has a basic understanding of.
  8. mg.mikael

    mg.mikael Well-Known Member

    What's the point of a law banning 3d printed guns, when there's no possible way to enforce such a law in the first place? At most I see it being symbolic, because in the real world it would be a logistical and technical nigthmare to actually have control over every single item being 3d printed. That's something the lame-brain politican should have thought of first.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012
  9. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    You can make a lower out of newspaper and glue. And it might last longer than the one they printed did.
  10. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    So, are we next to register all 3D printers ? Or only
    automatic and semi-automatic printers ? How about
    black powder printers ? (Or is that racist ?)
  11. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    I know this guy isn't media, but to any media sources who agree with him: If you want to regulate 3D printers, don't be upset when someone else says they should regulate your 2D printers.
  12. hq

    hq Well-Known Member

    My first color copier was "regulated" back in early 90's. A set of keys, a multi-page agreement of terms and conditions and an interview at Canon headquarters, them asking me to explain what I'm going to use the copier for.

    Back in those days some people were horrified that this new, dangerous technology enables people to copy money in COLOR, and overreacted accordingly.
  13. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    ah yes, i can see it now....an unprecedented storm of nerds with crappy and expensive plastic weapons committing atrocities with 'undetectable' weapons that arent really undetectable......

    ....man, im glad our elected leaders are utilizing their time and tax payers money to battle this menace.

    i mean, after the last crime committed with a 3d printed gun, we really aught to crack down on this epidemic!.........oh wait!
  14. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    Sounds like maybe would should ban our elected officials from watching movies because obviously they cannot determine fact from fiction. The fact that this person would react this way without knowing that there will actually still be metal parts to the gun is pathetic. Not to mention a very good reason why our country is going in the direction it is. However, for arguments sake, lets just say you could be a reliable firearm without any metal or high density materials.......................wouldn't the rounds still be made of metal?
  15. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    they have made polymer cased bullets (most notably the tround).....however that still leaves the projectile and the primer.

    i dont see any reason you couldnt have a plastic bullet....now would a plastic bullet be as effective as a lead bullet.......well no, not even close....but it could still be potentially fatal.

    that leaves the primer....now i havent researched materials too deeply.....but i dont know of any material off hand that you could make a primer out of that is non metalic.
  16. EOD Guy

    EOD Guy Well-Known Member

    It has been illegal for years to make a firearm that won't set off a standard metal detector. Why does the wheel have to be reinvented?
  17. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    because some two-bit politician wants to make a name for himself and get his face all over the news.

    nothing new, as stated before with the color copiers......they just take new technology and make it to be "the new evil technology wich has no legitimate use other than crime"......
  18. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    Not all metals will set off a common metal detector, at least in small quantities. It would be theoretically possible to make or reinforce critical components with low-detectable metals. However, these metals can be prohibitively expensive, like gold. It's just not a viable option.
  19. gym

    gym member

    The problem lies in the fact that all of these politicians are more concerned about making headlines rather than actually reading past laws and restrictions already placed on weapons and weapon reproductions. It's like when xerox came out with laser printers, and everyone was in an uproar about counterfitting our currency. it was so bad that they actually had to modify the printer. Meanwhile no one had the paper or the safety strips then anayway.
    It's just a headline grabbing politician, who knows so little about how things are made that he should work at Hasbro.
    someone should do utube video with AR's stacking up on the floor as the printer banged them out in different colors.
  20. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Well-Known Member

    Phaser guns are already illegal in New Jersey. I kid you not.

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