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  •  These are glorified fucking zip guns. (2+ / 0-)
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    There is no great chaos that they can cause.

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    by JesseCW on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:46:12 AM PDT

    •  Are zip guns legal? (nt) (0+ / 0-)
      •  Certainly not in my state - but designs for them (1+ / 0-)
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        are.

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        by JesseCW on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:29:35 AM PDT

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        •  That's likely to change when those "designs"... (0+ / 0-)

          ...consist of actual files for controlling the actions of 3D printers.

          The analogy that I would use is child pornography. An instructional manual on how to make it might very well be legal, but a computer file (say a jpg file) that actually precisely controls the actions of a 2D printer is illegal to distribute or possess, despite the fact that the internet makes widespread distribution easy.

    •  Bullshit. (0+ / 0-)

      These are efficiently-designed, mass-produceable weapons that will only increase in functionality and decline in cost with time.

      Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

      by Troubadour on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:05:13 AM PDT

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      •  Plastics don't make barrels worth a damn. (4+ / 0-)

        In some ways, with throw-away barrels, these are less functional than some zip guns.

        They also take a lot more to build.

        This is an asshole trying to create a controversy, and people falling for it.  These are guns which will not be accurate to more than a few feet, with barrels that can only be used once.

        Anyone with access to the most basic machine shop can create far more functional weapons from designs that are already freely available - and I'm talking about lathes and basic milling machines that cost no more than a truly functional (not a 400 dollar super low res toy) 3d printer.

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        by JesseCW on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:33:00 AM PDT

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        •  Metal working is not a trivial skill. (0+ / 0-)

          Even in the infancy of the technology, downloading and applying 3D printer specs is much easier than developing proficiency as a machinist.  That's why being a machinist is a career, not a minimum-wage McDonald's job.

          Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

          by Troubadour on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:42:27 AM PDT

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          •  The outcome is a "gun" similar to what (0+ / 0-)

            you could make with a nail and a gas pipe.

            If you're close enough to hit someone with the thing, you're close enough to shank them.

            Wash. Judge Tells Cops To Return Man’s Marijuana Or Be Found In Contempt

            by JesseCW on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:52:18 AM PDT

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