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  1. LisaCharlotte
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 07:11:25

    The article on printing your own gun was so much sensationalist bs, the mind boggles.

  2. Ellen
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 07:15:35

    If Amazon continues to use Lasership, I will definitely give Walmart a shot at my business.

  3. DS
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 07:18:53

    It the same group who have done Humble Bundle games and recently music. They have done really well with games in the past. Techdirt has an article.

  4. Vuir
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 08:18:41

    If workable guns could be made from plastic, they probably already would be.

    Anyway, you can’t print gunpowder.

  5. TaraL
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 08:40:48

    “If workable guns could be made from plastic, they probably already would be.”

    Google “Glock.”

    However, the whole printable gun article is a combo of scare tactics and ignorance. It doesn’t take a lot of skill to build a gun–no more than it takes to build a pipe bomb–whether it’s metal or polymer. All it takes is a search engine, basic reading skills and average small motor function. No criminal, intent on using a gun for illegal purposes, is going to spend big money on a 3-D printer when it’s cheaper, easier and less traceable to build it conventionally.

  6. Barbara
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 09:40:28

    I would be so bad at being a criminal. I had no idea there even was such a thing as making guns with a printer. What a weird idea.

  7. LisaCharlotte
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 12:13:17

    Even a Glock has metal parts. This kind of “reporting” does nothing to help your cause if you’re anti-gun/pro gun control.

  8. Beverly
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 13:39:55

    The Humble eBook Bundles are from the people who do Humble Indie Bundles of indie video games. They have been awesome (for players and for charity and developers).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humble_Indie_Bundle

  9. Elf
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:02:59

    LisaCharlotte has great points!
    CNET has an awesome article about this whole topic of 3-d gun printing: the likelihood of a printable, plastic gun actually working (um, not much, and if you try it at home, I hope you don’t care if you have two working hands!), the federal laws regarding gun manufacture and resale (relatively comprehensive… unless of course you want to break federal law), etc.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57499326-76/you-dont-bring-a-3d-printer-to-a-gun-fight-yet/
    If you want to really talk about “unlimited” or “unregulated” access to “firearms,” here are some more realistic things to worry about:
    1. You could currently make a “gun” just with parts from your local hardware store (er, you end up with a crap weapon… but if all you want is to have an untraceable weapon to shoot someone…)
    2. If you want to go the more sophisticated approach, a CNC mill (not as easily accessible like a 3-D printer, but…) could be used to machine gun parts right now (made of metal) and the firearm would actually work.
    Again, both 1 & 2 would ride the edge of federal law, and break it most explicitly if you wish to sell your knowledge or work product without going through the proper, mandated-by-law processes.

  10. Susan
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:13:23

    @Ellen: You aren’t kidding. I’m normally quite pleased with Amazon’s service, but the only times I’ve had problems with shipments is when they’ve used those Lasership yahoos. And trying to reach a sentient being at that company is pointless. I’ve complained vigorously to Amazon about them.

  11. Mike
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 00:09:07

    I agree with LisaCharlotte and others that the gun article was a sensationalist bit of reporting. However, the key to the article is the last few lines.

    The AR platform, in particular, is basically like lego bricks for gun nuts. Mix and match components to your heart’s content. Is a scope a gun? A trigger? The bolt? Rather than regulating every little part, the feds decided to regulate just the “lower” — the piece that holds the trigger and magazine. However, all the parts that go bang (and might need to be precision machined from high quality steel) are located in the upper. The upper and all other parts can be ordered from any number of on-line sources without any sort of license or ID check.

    There are a couple of different printed gun projects, and the article kind of conflates them. There are folks trying to build a really crude zip-gun sort of thing that would fire a small caliber bullet entirely from printed parts. Then there’s folks trying to build a workable lower receiver for an AR or similar weapon.

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