Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fear of Crazies Using 3-D Weapon & Ammo Clip Printing Technology Spurs Call for New Gun Legislation


  Good Day World!

 I never imagined that 3-D technology would ever go beyond the movies (remember 13 Ghosts in the 60s?), but it has and in a big way.

Weapons of all kinds can be created with a 3-D print technology nowadays. That includes ammunition clips of all sizes. It’s kinda scary when you think about it. Lone crazies printing up their own weapon of choice. Not a comfortable scenario to contemplate, but possible! Now some people are up in arms about these homemade firearms (you can make your own with the right CAD cam program). (Image -The printed magazine and its CAD file. Defense Department.)

“U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-Huntington, N.Y.) plans to propose a ban on creating gun magazines with 3-D printers. The bill is still in the drafting stage, but Israel intends to make sure existing legislation includes consideration for this new kind of homemade firearm.

Last month, Rep. Israel proposed to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act, which was adopted in 1988 and will expire in December of this year. Israel suggested that the act, which requires all guns to be detectable by such devices as X-ray machines and , is more relevant than ever.

The 112th Congress ended before the renewal could be considered, and Israel was preparing to resubmit it when some news on the 3-D printing front caused his organization to reconsider the legislation. Defense Distributed, a group attempting to create a fully 3-D printed gun, posted a video on YouTube showing a working printed 30-round magazine for an AR-15 assault rifle.

With the climate around gun legislation trending toward tighter restrictions, Israel's team decided that the Undetectable Firearms Act should be expanded to outlaw 3-D printed magazines of any kind.

Samantha Slater, Israel's communications director, told NBC News that Israel is "supportive of 3-D printing," but that the potential for circumventing the law in this case is too great to ignore.” (Source)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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