By Tom Knighton
The decision by the Department of Justice to drop a case regarding 3D printing files for firearms was a significant move, and one that will undermine gun control efforts throughout the world. At least in theory. After all, the technology is accessible worldwide and if people have the files, they can then turn around and make their own guns regardless of the law.
However, it seems there’s an awful lot of kvetching about how this technology is going to change everything that’s really overstating the possibilities.
Americans will soon be able to make 3D-printed guns from their home, widening the door to do-it-yourself versions of firearms including the AR-15 — the gun of choice in American mass shootings — that are untraceable with no background check required.
A settlement earlier this year between the State Department and Texas-based Defense Distributed will let the nonprofit release blueprints for guns online starting Aug. 1, a development hailed by the group as the death of gun control in the United States.
“The age of the downloadable gun begins,” Defense Distributed stated on its site. Its founder, Cody Wilson, tweeted a photograph of a grave marked “American gun control.”
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Source:: Bearing Arms