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Weapons made with 3-D printers
could test gun-control efforts

Washington Post, by Michael S. Rosenwald

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Posted By:Drive, 2/19/2013 9:01:28 AM

Twenty minutes into his State of the Union address last week, President Obama entered the realm of uber-geekery — three-dimensional printing. The magical devices capable of printing prosthetics, violins and even aircraft parts have the potential, the president said, “to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.” Forty miles away from the Capitol, in Glen Burnie, Md., Travis Lerol is proving Obama’s point — with guns. In a spare bedroom, where an AR-15 rifle leans against the wall, Lerol is using a 3-D printer no larger than an espresso machine to make plastic rifle parts

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 2/19/2013 9:20:43 AM     (No. 9184560)

Oh the horrors of choice. With this technology, it introduces choice. And choice is the worst thing that can happen when an all powerful socialist state is trying to eliminate choice. People would have the choice to manufacture (or print) items that otherwise would be regulated or banned. And that would create supply of products in a market with huge demand. And probably avoid taxes in the process. Oh the horrors of high informed voters creating banned products because they have the choice to do so.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/19/2013 9:31:25 AM     (No. 9184576)

You will still need a machined barrel. But, within 5 years you will see a law against certain types of unlicensed 3D printers.

Also, print logs will need to be sent to the government for inspection.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 2/19/2013 9:34:12 AM     (No. 9184580)

Maybe we could print some conservative elected officials -- with spines.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LouD, 2/19/2013 9:57:44 AM     (No. 9184622)

Oh oh! Print logs? And I just printed my application for my permit to carry renewal! If that happens, then I will have to watch out for the brownnos---oops! Shirts.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 2/19/2013 10:31:51 AM     (No. 9184708)

Holy crap! Just imagine if there were also people who could machine metal...and make things!

What a bunch of idiots.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: woodsman, 2/19/2013 11:07:22 AM     (No. 9184788)

For about the same money you can get a small milling machine and make the real thing - in metal

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Reply 7 - Posted by: NYbob, 2/19/2013 12:24:34 PM     (No. 9184978)

Like sugar, fire and corn tested prohibition? If the 2nd amendment is up for grabs, how about reviewing that 1st one? Michael and his friends really ought to have a permit to write something as messed up as this. As always the problem is who gets to make up the new rules. That´s why we had checks, balances and some things that were simply the law. Now it´s all very fluid, according to elitists. In the meantime I double dog dare Michael to shoot a gun made with a 3-D printer. Not a real gun with a low stress plastic part, but a 3-D printed gun.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 2/19/2013 2:47:39 PM     (No. 9185247)

Another screed from know nothing MSM Propaganda Officer pushing agendas for his Lord and Master.

High-Grade Polymer VS plastics ?
Polymer is the technical name for plastic.

The ´printed´ magazine and lower receiver melts at 80c and won´t hold up to common gun cleaning solvents.

Nobody had been able to print a lower receiver that will stand more than a few rounds because the ´high grade polymer´ available for this technology are just not strong or durable enough.

This whole thing is just as much an overlyloud nonsense from the gun grabbers as Y2K and 2012 end of the world at this point.


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