I'm sorry but the whole thing is still kind of stupid, any idiot can goto the hardware store and buy a metal pipe and make a homemade gun thats much safer and cheaper than a plastic printout.
This also does not stop those designs from being shared "under the table". If anything at least having these designs on the database you'd be able to check who downloads them!
Now no one knows who has them and who's printing them, but they are still being printed.
I don't really think that's necessary to take down the database for printable guns designs. Although one might think it removes the ability for anyone anywhere to create a deadly weapon, not only are the means to doing that for a normal person, expensive and hard to come by, for a petty criminal to take the time to invest in a 3D printer, CAD software and a little bit of engineering for assembly is probably more uncommon.
"Petty criminals" aren't exactly the smartest people on the planet, and it would take more time and money to try and print and build a gun that it would be to steal one or try and buy one illegally.
I see this more beneficial than harmful really. I would love to make some plastic replica's of my firearms. Not only would they be great training tools, they'd be excellent practice on assembling and dissembling firearms. The current dummy rifles used by the Army are just one complete block of plastic, they're kind of pointless.
Haha, I wonder how complex air soft or bb gun's are when it comes to 3D printing or if they're considered as potential fire arms as well?Just a thought that popped into my head.And tell me about it, during my BCT this past summer we got our "rubber ducky" M16's, the good for nothing 15-20 lbs of plastic molded into the shape of a rifle lol
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