DOJ began a PR push last week to find legislative traction for a set of proposed bills that would criminalize the individual production of rifle receivers and magazines with 3D printers. Sections 4 and 5 of the proposed House bill directly criminalize 3D printed receivers and magazines, and mandate an arbitrary amount of metal be part of their fabrication. Beyond suffering from fatal Due Process and GCA problems, the bill’s prohibitions are not extended to manufacturers because (hint) there isn’t actually a security issue at stake. The bad faith and fraud required to hide this from the current public discussion is of course par for the course. The media organs have dutifully repeated the official account.
The NRA used to say “no inroads.” You can make gun parts on 3D printers now, just like you can and have been able to mill them for about the last few hundred years. Guns aren’t allowed on airplanes and in courthouses. Now that it has reached a new level of visibility and popularity, the usual suspects would like to suppress the adoption of the digital manufacture of firearms. The goal of a new Undetectable Firearms Act is to make development and experimentation with these computer-aided devices fraught with danger and difficulty for the common man; to raise again the lowered barrier to entry to DIY gunsmithing, and to enable a means for arbitrary and capricious enforcement- like any good police state should.
And the first great open source production project comes to its inevitable end. To compete with 3D Systems, Stratasys buys Makerbot, Inc. Which company will prevent your retail printer from printing a gun first?
Tomorrow I will be speaking at Ideacity in Toronto. My subject will be the ideology of advanced industrial society.
What’s great about *this* piece of techno-regression by reactionaries Fidler et al. is that it classifies any computer-driven manufacturing device as a herp "three-dimensional printer."
(1) You’ll need a license to even attempt gun or part production, and (2) you’ll have to keep detailed records on every single component and its disposition, else the RACK.
Meanwhile, your betters are arming the Syrian resistance.