Unregulated: 3-D Printed Guns Shoot Real Bullets

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    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.

  • Aleco_Graves

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    Aug 14, 2014 7:53 PM GMT
    I'm all for revolutionary technology, but this is quite scary.
    Guns being made by in any home... It's far from a pleasant thought.

    The Undetectable Firearms act has been passed in relation to plastic firearms and 3DP'S
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    Aug 14, 2014 8:12 PM GMT
    GET REAL. You can buy a gun for 50 bucks. Printing a gun like this would cost thousands. The last time I got a estimate for printing a 6" CAD model it was $6,000, and it had no moving parts.

    In high school bad kids would make guns with a tire pressure gauge, a spring, a bolt and a 22 bullet.
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    Aug 14, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    I can't wait to have 3D printed boyfriends.