Aug 14, 2014 3:30 AM GMT
NYT: This week, instead of walking into a gun shop and handing over my credit card to buy firearms, bullets and grenades, I decided to try a different route: I downloaded highly detailed schematics — like blueprints for a house — of dozens of functional weapons and bullets.
Next, I could buy a three-dimensional printer (which makes objects by spraying thin layers of plastic that become shapes) and print and assemble some of these guns.
Among the files now sitting on my laptop are parts for an M16, AR-15, AK-47 and other semiautomatic guns. There are files for handguns, including a Glock, Beretta and a .22-caliber Ruger.
Now the Internet is scattered with hundreds of videos of people shooting several different kinds of untraceable plastic guns.
The government is flummoxed about what to do.
These weapons are very difficult to detect at security points, as they often don’t have metal parts or, if they do, just a spring and a couple of screws, all of which could easily pass through a metal detector.