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Making a homemade gun using a 3D printer just got really easy

Making a homemade gun using a 3D printer just got really easy
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These days, it seems like you can go online and find information on just about anything. That includes DIY projects.

What’s scary, though, is there’s information out there on how to make harmful devices. One of them involves the use of a 3D printer.

Rifles and now handguns can be made using a 3D printer in the comforts of your own home.

Ghost Gunner

Three years ago, Defense Distributed released a $1,200 Ghost Gunner. The computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) mill made gunsmithing (a person who repairs, designs or builds guns) cheaper, faster and more portable. The only problem is the machine has a limited scope.

The Ghost Gunner originally was intended to complete unfinished lower receivers for AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.

In case you’re not familiar with guns, the “lower receiver” part of a gun contains all of the operating parts including the trigger and magazine port. The lower is considered the actual firearm with the upper receiver and other components referred to as accessories.

Now, the company is branching out into handguns and plans to do the same thing as it did for AR-15's. The focus is on two of the most common handgun “80 percent” receivers for both Glocks and single-stack M1911s. Customers can use the Ghost Gunner to build these handguns.

Defense Distributed owner Cody Wilson thinks there’ll be more of a demand for “untraceable, concealable handguns” since he says more people seem to have a need for those than rifles.

Is it legal?

Wilson’s inventions aren’t being met with open arms. Google’s CEO, politicians and others have voiced displeasure at the 3D-printed firearms concept saying it’s being introduced in an era with so many tragedies by a single individual.

While there’s no way to ensure the 3D-printed gun won’t be used in a crime, making a homemade handgun from your home is legal.

The United States Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968 allows anyone to make their own firearm without a license. However, if you manufacture a firearm for sale, then you do need a federal license.

The Undetectable Firearms Act bans firearms that a metal detector can’t pick up. The 3D-printed firearms use metal to a certain extent so they are legal if the directions are followed properly.

The only snag that could occur is if it’s determined that distributing instructions for a 3D printing gun online is illegal. There’s an ongoing First Amendment lawsuit with the State Department on this issue.

As with anything you try to do yourself at home, precautions need to be taken.

Many are turning to making YouTube videos at home and even doing things to get more likes on Facebook. Luckily, a toddler wasn’t hurt when a man dangled it outside the window for Facebook likes.

However, a man trying to shoot a YouTube video dies after he convinces his girlfriend to fire a gun at him while he was holding a book. The book did not block the bullet. The woman was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. A relative says the couple wanted to be famous.

It doesn’t stop there. A lot of people are doing unsafe things with their Smartphones. Click here to learn more along with some safety tips

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Source: ArsTechnica
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