Game-Changer: The End of Gun Control As We Know It.

Engineers from Solid Concepts Inc. have created a fully functional Army 1911 pistol from a 3D printer. Unlike previous 3D-printed guns, which were made of plastic and degraded quickly, this gun was printed out of metal. It is a true-blue handgun. It seems to be as good as any other run-of-the-mill handgun.

This gun was made on a 3D printer. Most people do not yet own a 3D printer, much less a 3D printer fancy enough to make a metal handgun. However, as with all things technology-related, they will become cheaper and more versatile, and they will become more commonplace. I would not be surprised to look 50 years into the future and see a 3D printer in every household.

Needless to say, this changes everything. All a 3D printer needs to craft this handgun is the blueprint. You can be sure that these blueprints will become readily available online. They will be available for free through torrent or file-sharing networks. Everyone will have access to them. People will be printing guns out of their garage. I should have t-shirts made: “Every man a gunsmith, every house an armory.” The era of 3D printing is going to kill Gun Control as we know it.

Like it or not, this is the reality. The government will be powerless to do anything about it. I am quite sure they will make laws against printing guns and downloading/distributing blueprints for guns. This will have little to no effect. They will be as effective as the laws against digital piracy; that is, not effective at all. Advocates of Gun Control must begin shifting to 3D printer control, because orthodox Gun Control will be insufficient to meet their desired ends. Production is becoming decentralized; people will be able to print guns in their own home, rather than buying from a manufacturer. How will gun control legislation address this? It won’t be able to. Most Gun Control laws will be an exercise in futility in the age of 3D printing.

This is a development of enormous magnitude. Whether you approve of this development or not, you must recognize that this is a harbinger of a new technological future, and this future is very near. How do I feel about it? I approve, of course. This decentralizes production and power. This undermines the power of bureaucrats to impose their will on the populace. Sounds good to me.

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