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Lucas4Liberty
09:48 AM on 03/19/2013
Technology will be the final nail in the gun control coffin. The supporters will cry louder but you can't stop innovation. Oh I almost forgot to throw in some buzzwords like this is "progress" and now we're going to move "forward!"
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soundping
It does not require many words to speak the truth.
09:06 AM on 03/19/2013
No copyright problems duplicating someones product?
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Berettasskeeter
The Lord will provide
01:13 PM on 03/19/2013
Only if they complain to the courts.
Semper fi
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Hunter3203
Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to b happy
02:08 PM on 03/19/2013
The AR-15 dates backs to the 1960s and I believe the legal protections on the design expired long ago. Dozens of companies already make AR-15 and their various parts.
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KTM07
Coffee is the answer to life's problems
07:16 AM on 03/19/2013
Interesting. He was manufacturing firearms without a license (questionable) and now he's moved on to selling. Is he even going to bother with background checks or will he just sell to whomever has the money?
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Pete Gerasia
If you can't think logically, don't talk to me.
07:30 AM on 03/19/2013
"He was manufacturing firearms without a license (questionable) "

Not questionable at all. 100% legal.

As a licensed dealer, he is required to perform a background check on every sale per federal law.
I plead the 2nd
Take your political correctness and shove it.
09:11 AM on 03/19/2013
Its 100% legal to build your own weapons without a license. However, you need a license to be able to manufacture for distribution.
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sickamor
04:40 AM on 03/19/2013
Anything you repress, inadvertently becomes stronger.........................
02:30 AM on 03/19/2013
This is getting out of hand. Gun ownership is a right in the United States. So was slavery and rape and many other things for thousands of years. Human beings are becoming enlightened and must change with the times. It is no longer necessary to be armed all the time. Most of the world does just fine without being armed, in places far dangerous than the United States. Countries around the globe have proven, with scientific data to back it up, that disarmament makes a country safer. Guns are for fearful people. Are your possessions really worth killing and or dying for?
04:26 AM on 03/19/2013
So gun owners are just as bad as rapists and slavers.

Humans are becoming enlightened? Really? The 20th century was one of the most brutal and violent periods in humankind's history. Funny how rapidly Europe strove to pretend it didn't happen before handing over their guns. "That can't happen here again!" they say.
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lightviperr
Power Fears, Truth, the People, and Freedom
07:20 AM on 03/19/2013
It's fine not to like guns, you can be civilized and enlightened all you want, after all your moral principles are there for you to follow. What however is true is that you have no right to impose your principles on other free individuals. Why should someone be forced to live by your moral code?

If I'm acting in the "common good" should I be able to force your to live by my moral principles? What ever happened to individual liberty or live and let live? If your life, liberty or property has not been violated then you have no right to force other free individuals to live by your principles. Collectively punishing a group for the bad actions of an individual is also wrong because of the same principle mentioned previously.
03:35 PM on 03/19/2013
Your individual right to make a fist ends at my nose.
02:04 AM on 03/19/2013
Hobby machinists have been making firearms for time immemorial. When you include used / surplus CNC systems, there are no real barriers - and the investment is not insurmountable. The "maker" technologies primarily work in plastic - although laser and e-beam tools exist for higher strength alloys and I think that it would be possible to do interesting things with a digital MIG welder (I do have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - Materials and I worked my way through college as a machinist).

But why? I can get conventionally manufactured firearms for very reasonable prices - and they will last my lifetime plus my children's lifetime - even with heavy use.

I bought my firearms from a dealer and had the background checks. So what?
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exile
01:59 AM on 03/19/2013
i want a gun made out of plastic
i'll let you shoot it
just in case.
why not soap
worked for years in the pen
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exile
01:57 AM on 03/19/2013
3 d "printing"
is actually
the same as a cnc machine.
why call it "printing"
Etropalld
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
03:10 AM on 03/19/2013
CNC is a subtractive process.

3D printing is an additive process.
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pixeloid
Reality has a liberal bias.
01:56 AM on 03/19/2013
How do you "print" steel? I was under the impression that these printers all work with plastic.
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Nukualofa
I think... ...therefore I am a liberal.
10:53 AM on 03/19/2013
I was thinking the same. Wouldn't they blow up after a few rounds?
02:26 PM on 03/19/2013
I think it's just the lower receiver, a relatively low stress part. It's the part of the gun that has the serial number on it though, and therefore, that part alone on an AR-15 is considered the actual "gun". The upper receiver, bolt carrier group, and barrel would all still be metal.
01:52 AM on 03/19/2013
This dude has no life
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Pete Gerasia
If you can't think logically, don't talk to me.
04:23 AM on 03/19/2013
Yea, small business owners are such losers.
08:06 AM on 03/19/2013
Sarcasm doesn't show very well via text ya know. The guy said the dude has no life simply because he is into guns. I find, personally, that people who enjoy guns a lot have no life, just as much as men who like to play fantasy football.
01:39 AM on 03/19/2013
Leave it to Texas to produce such an animal as this profoundly insecure and destructive male... Disgusting...
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Pete Gerasia
If you can't think logically, don't talk to me.
04:24 AM on 03/19/2013
Ahahahaha. No arguments so insults fill the void. How typical of the gun control groups.
10:19 AM on 03/19/2013
you must have one really tiny .... brain...
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slowdime
personal responsibility is not a crime
11:22 AM on 03/19/2013
lmao

your comment is hilarious
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William Dean Luke
what? You have an opinion that differs from mine?
01:03 AM on 03/19/2013
Gun advocates will sing this man's praise..

Until one of his weapons, unmarked and under-regulated, gets into the wrong hands and they lose a loved one. When you can print a weapon, and change it's 3D model in any way you wish, it's child's play to make a gun in which the bullets cannot be traced. When they can't find the killer, these gun advocates will sing a different tune.
01:55 AM on 03/19/2013
Not the world's brightest law student.
04:13 AM on 03/19/2013
You can NOT be serious. No please, tell me you're not.
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William Dean Luke
what? You have an opinion that differs from mine?
12:18 PM on 03/19/2013
Dead serious.
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William Dean Luke
what? You have an opinion that differs from mine?
12:20 PM on 03/19/2013
Any person witht he right skills in 3D modeling can edit these models and remove striations, serial numbers, etc., from the models before printing them.  Anyone with enough money can buy a metal printer and secretly begin selling un-marked guns to criminals and make a killing (No pun intended).  Saying it's not possible? ~THAT~ is ignorance at it's worst.
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Frankie Tierney
America forgot what Liberty means
12:22 AM on 03/19/2013
Your move gun grabbers and internet regulators! rock on Cody.
03:49 AM on 03/19/2013
Your move school children and mall customers...rock on frankie.
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Pete Gerasia
If you can't think logically, don't talk to me.
04:25 AM on 03/19/2013
Uh... what?
12:20 AM on 03/19/2013
OK just how safe are these, and wow when criminals get their hands on it or enemys sheesh
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Pete Gerasia
If you can't think logically, don't talk to me.
04:26 AM on 03/19/2013
Ha, yeap. Criminals will totally start spending money on 3d printers, materials, and thousands of dollars on gun parts instead of buying them off the streets or stealing them like they've been doing for decades.

Totally.
08:03 AM on 03/19/2013
Your sarcasm is dry and useless. The person above is talking about criminals as in the mafia, the mob, or maybe the cartel. They certainly have enough capital to make weapons using 3D printers, if they catch on to the idea. If they can make drugs in large amounts, making weapons using plastic materials and a printer would be nothing for them.
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rocknrolling honeybadger
04:27 PM on 03/19/2013
Don't you know man? The good criminal who is really just a misunderstood soul is all about doing the right thing and getting a license. Real salt of the earth types those criminals are.
11:03 AM on 03/20/2013
how about we address why criminals would go through the trouble of manufacturing and using these guns? Because drug prohibition has made that market profitable and violent, just like alcohol prohibition. Take that away, and...
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Marc Derrick Chua Yap
11:40 PM on 03/18/2013
right now my main concern is how sturdy is the material used in 3D printing? will it be able to withstand repeated explosions from a bullet being fired?
04:16 AM on 03/19/2013
If you're asking about the whole gun, you can't 3D print it - plastic wouldn't survive a single gunshot. This is about the magazines, and they were having problems with the first generation breaking, but they've been refining the model and now it appears it's about perfect.

You can also print the lower receiver, which is the 'gun' part as far as the ATF is concerned. There's nothing there that really needs to be metal, although the hammer would wear out quickly and undoubtedly stress would eventually break the joints. You'd just need to combine it with an upper (barrel / chamber / gas tube / bolt carrier made of metal).