S/V Danneskjöld: On Banning Inkjet Printing, and Other Foolishness
What if Congress passed a ban on printing documents, stories, or books from your home printer? Would that ban work? Could it? It could not, and would not.
At such point as you needed printed documents, you would simply print them. Who would exist to see you do it, and who could stop you? No one.
Similarly, it is impossible for Congress to ‘ban’ 3-D printed guns. Their entire purpose is to be printed and used in the event that Congress attempts to ban firearms generally. They are the ‘liberator’ pistols of a modern age, intended for use in the same purpose.
‘Ban’ all you want, but 3-D printers themselves are printable; and therefore every object is printable, by everyone. The age of banning objects has come to an end.
Reference, Liberator Pistol: http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/the-liberator-pistol
Reference, Modern Liberator Pistol: http://defdist.org/
Reference, 3-D printer that prints itself: http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap (Unstoppable!)(Contagious Freedom!)
- Philadelphia becomes the first US city to ban 3D-printed guns (theverge.com)
- 3D Printed Guns Go Full Metal (ubergizmo.com)