In coming decades you’ll be able to 3D print a reliable gun

In com­ing decades you’ll be able to 3D print a reli­able gun. No license. No back­ground check. If you’re really crafty, you might even col­lect up some salt­peter, sul­fur, and char­coal to make your own ammo. Heck, you can even print a gun today if you only need to fire 6 bul­lets. (cf. WikiWeapon)  This is the Star Trek repli­ca­tor future that we will find our­selves in, ready or not.


Can we stop talk­ing about gun con­trol & instead focus on the men­tal health of the cra­zies who would resort to killing sprees? Banning guns isn’t a ban­dage that will mag­i­cally fix every­thing. The unsta­ble peo­ple will switch to impro­vised muni­tions (Unibomber, Oklahoma City), chem­i­cals (sarin), bio­log­i­cals (anthrax), or air­planes (the Austin IRS build­ing in 2010 — I’m leav­ing 9/11 out of this). Or maybe cross­bows, fire axes, taz­ers, dirty bombs, clay­more mines.  Much of that stuff is on the inter­net and the instruc­tions are often eas­ily under­stood by any­one with a high­school level edu­ca­tion.  What we have here in the US is a large num­ber of social prob­lems.

Or should we ban 3D print­ers because it might be pos­si­ble for some­one to man­u­fac­ture a gun with­out a license or a knife that passes through metal detec­tors?  Or maybe we just ban the inter­net?  There has to be a tech­ni­cal fix to a social prob­lem, right?

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Brian Enigma

Brian Enigma is a Portlander, manipulator of atoms & bits, minor-league blogger, and all-around great guy. He typically writes about the interesting “maker” projects he's working on, but sometimes veers off into puzzles, software, games, local news, and current events.

2 thoughts on “In coming decades you’ll be able to 3D print a reliable gun”

    1. Yeah, that guy test­ing the lower-receiver in the video had some pretty big balls. I would have done that test Mythbusters-style: from behind a thick plex­i­glass wall, gun clamped to a bench, remote pull-cord attached to the trig­ger.

      Still — pretty impres­sive for plas­tic. And now you have resin-based print­ers and Shapeways even prints in metal.

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