What would have been a milestone for gun “manufacturingÂ” gets the boot:Â Today was set to be the first day youÂ’d be able to download blueprints to 3D-print a gun at home.
But instead, a federal judgeÂ blocked the public availabilityÂ of the blueprints just a handful of hours before they were set to hit the open internet.
How we got here:Â Nonprofit Defense Distributed and the State DepartmentÂ reached a settlementÂ earlier this year allowing it to release DIY 3D-printed gun plans. What it meant: People with a 3D printerÂ could haveÂ printed aÂ range of firearmsÂ that are untraceable andÂ invisible to background checks. But what happened?Â Gun control advocatesÂ took actionÂ andÂ numerous statesÂ filed a joint lawsuitÂ aimed at preventing the blueprints from becoming public, citing a threat to public safety...and it worked.
The view from Washington:Â President Trump was skeptical (FYI, the NRA notes that undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years, and the White House supports that law).
Another perspective, from Medium blogger BJ Campbell:Â 3D-printed guns would barely work,Â he writes, not to mention...they're way more expensive to build than buying a regular handgun.
Bottom line:Â Thought the gun control debate was already heated? Technological innovations like 3D printing will only create more battle lines.
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A 3D-printed surveillance drone, already successfully flight-tested, weighing a mere four kilograms and with a range of 50 kilometers, has been presented at the Innoprom-2016 exhibition in Russia.
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