The End Of Gun Control?

The recent online publishing of 3-D printer files for firearms has been heralded by some as the end of gun control. By making these files available on the Internet, anyone in the world now has the ability to download and print a firearm. But if anyone believes this will bring about the end of gun control, think again. The announcement has been taken up as a challenge to the anti-gun elitists who have accepted it in ‘hold my beer’ fashion. No, the end is not near. They are just getting started.

At issue is the settlement between the U.S. Government and Defense Distributed allowing them to re-publish their 3-D printer files for firearms. This isn’t a new case, it goes back years when the State Department forced Defense Distributed to take down their files for violations of exports under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), as well as ‘national security’ issues. The settlement was advised by the Justice Department since it felt the case would be lost on First Amendment grounds. I found the language in the settlement the most interesting in that the U.S. Government is admitting that non-fully automatic firearms under 50 caliber and magazines with capacity fewer than 50 rounds do NOT meet the definition of “military equipment”.

All of this would have pretty much flown under the radar if not for Defense Distributed’s announcements and making a publicity event out of the date they planned on making the files available again. It is of course a big deal and I can’t blame them for wanting the world to know about it. But with that publicity, came unwelcome attention.

Eight states, Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia petitioned a federal judge in Seattle to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the publishing of these files. 13 more Attorneys General have sent a letter expressing their support. Most are the usual suspects in pushing gun control, but a few others were rather eye opening as California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia jumped on the bandwagon.

Not to be outdone, the City of Los Angeles proposed a local ordinance banning the possession of 3-D printer firearm files. The inspiration for this undoubtedly coming from Australia where it is already against the law to possess 3-D printer firearm files.

Massachusetts Attorney General, who has infamously and unilaterally expanded gun control in Massachusetts also warned that “creation, transfer, or possession” of a gun made with a 3D printer can open an individual to both criminal and civil liability under Massachusetts law.”

At the heart of the ‘legal’ challenge for the temporary restraining order is that the State Department’s settlement violated the Administrative Procedure Act. That law governs the process by which regulatory bodies change their rules, and requires a period of public comment — and consideration of those comments — before an agency makes a regulatory change. In other words, they are alleging a procedural rule was not explicitly followed voiding the agreement with Defense Distributed. But while this is the argument in court, the public posturing is all about “public safety”.

Naturally, the gun control zealots have all jumped on board and proclaimed this is now the biggest threat to public safety we face, that firearms made this way are completely undetectable and will wind up on the streets, in airplanes and in our schools. The files have even been called “downloadable death”.

While everyone seems to be running around crazy over this new threat, most of us realize this isn’t anything new. When Glock first started selling polymer firearms in the United States, everyone was concerned that these plastic guns would just walk through metal detectors and onto planes. Of course, none of that is true. The polymer doesn’t work without all the metal parts and metallic ammunition, all easily detectable by the technology of the day.

Even the initial firearm made by Defense Distributed, the fully plastic Liberator, a single shot firearm, requires metal for a firing pin and of course the ammunition is metal. The design of which includes a pocket for a 3.7-ounce hunk of metal to comply with the Federal Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988. Even without the 3.7-ounce metal block, it IS detectable by current airport screening technology.

Side note: I always wondered where California’s new rules on 80% polymer ‘firearms’ came from. I guess California wasn’t as inventive as I thought. Now I need to figure out what nincompoop at the federal level came up with the 3.7-ounce requirement. For those of you who are curious, that’s a little more than $ 4.75 in quarters.

But while Defense Distributed has been restrained from publishing these files, the truth is they have been available for free for years all over the Internet. All of this publicity has only made them spread further and be made available in social media and private and public website.

But fear not, coming to the rescue of the government oppressors, social media operators have updated their codes of conduct to prevent the sharing of 3-D printer firearm files. Hosting services have closed down sights that have shared these files. And for you old school types, there is even a printed book of the code on Amazon.. at least for now. All of which is to no avail, the genie is out of the bottle and can’t be put back in.

The hilarious thing about all of this is all of the designs other than the Liberator require the regular non-serialized parts associated with regular firearms so there is no chance of it ever being considered non-detectable. Those who have printed and assembled a Liberator have reported them to only work about half the time, and when they do work, they pretty much self-destruct the first time it goes off — if it goes off. Modern firearm ammunition with a plastic barrel does not make for an effective firearm.

It should also be noted that a $1000 3-D printer and at least $25 worth of plastic is required to make a Liberator, well above the cost of purchasing several quality, reliable firearms. And don’t forget, stealing them is free!

Political posturing and predictions of doom and blood on the streets, with gangbangers and terrorists using these files to print and gun down innocent children in schools across the nation aside, the issue with 3-D printer firearms file is not just about the First Amendment, it’s about the Second Amendment. More and more controls are being added to limit the rights of the law-abiding citizen and never even touching the actual criminals who aren’t going to use them anyway.

Sadly no, this is not the end of gun control. Gun control is just expanding and taking the form of information and thought control. Soon it will be illegal to posses 3-D printer firearm files, 3-D printers will be regulated as ‘firearm precursors’ and even thinking about making your own firearm, plastic or otherwise, will be a thought crime.

Welcome to the future of gun control.

Bob

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