Janie’s Got A Gun – And it Was Printed

On her home computer with a 3D printer…..

So while America continues to debate what we should do about modifying the gun laws based on the recent tragedies in Colorado and Newtown just to name a few, technology now exists where you can just print your own gun at home on your 3D printer.

This is not a political blog.  I am making you aware of this as our laws and legal system continue to show just how far behind the technology growth curve they are.  Whether the topic is guns or my recent blog on Automatic Number Plate Recognition http://wp.me/p1WXuM-vm  our legal system can no longer keep up with technology to protect the people of this nation, either from physical harm or identity theft.  The rate of technology innovation has blown past the archaic process required to pass a law in our country and this will continue to get worse.

Can guns really be 3D-printed? The answer to that question is a simple yes. If you don’t believe it, just watch Cody Wilson, the man behind the world’s first 3D-printed gun, firing the weapon on video.

Following a test firing, documented by Forbes, in which a string was used to pull the trigger, Wilson now took the gun into his hands and successfully fired it. Neither him or the weapon suffered any visible damage (sans a cracked pin that used to hold the gun’s barrel in place) on that occasion, but the gun did misfire and explode in one of the test firings.

The weapon, called “the Liberator” — a homage to cheap pistols distributed by the Allies in France during World War II — is printed on a Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer. It consists of 16 parts, 15 of which are 3D-printed. The last part — the firing pin — is a simple nail, found in any hardware store.

Wilson is the founder of the company behind the project, Defense Distributed. He claims the project is not about violence, but about freedom. “This is about enabling individuals to create their own sovereign space,” he told Forbes.

“I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people. That’s what it is — it’s a gun. But I don’t think that’s a reason to not put it out there. I think that liberty in the end is a better interest,” he said.

This is scary stuff.  Learn about it.