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Thread by @CorrelA_B: "Ok, on this, the eve of one of my favorite things ever - the of technology - let's have a serious, sober-ish conversation a […]" #democratization #StopDownloadableGuns #Stop3DPrintedGuns #guncontrol

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Ok, on this, the eve of one of my favorite things ever - the #democratization of technology - let's have a serious, sober-ish conversation about this whole #StopDownloadableGuns / #Stop3DPrintedGuns hysteria by starting at the beginning and working forward (1/?)
Is it legal to make your own firearms?

Absolutely (at the federal level). To put it the proper way, it has never been illegal to produce firearms for your own use. Don't sell it & don't make an illegal firearm (e.g. SBR without a stamp), but otherwise? Knock yourself out. (2/?)
It is legal to 3D print your own firearms now?

Yup. It is entirely legal to print a firearm with a plan you have on your local machine, right now, before the whole "end of the world" thing tomorrow. (3/?)
So what's the #StopDownloadableGuns fuss about tomorrow over?

Few years back, the State Department told @DefDist that if they continued to distribute firearms plans on the internet, they would be in violation of something called ITAR. Table what that means for now, but... (4/?)
... it added up to DefDist / @DefCad shutting down. The thing is, the State Department edict /exclusively/ applied to the distribution of the files, /not/ the use of the files. Have them already? Knock yourself out. Share them online? Bad juju. (5/?)
As of tomorrow, DefCad has been granted permission to share the files as they see fit, and the predictable #guncontrol organizations and extremists (but I repeat myself) are absolutely losing their minds. (6/?)
But here's the thing: the files are already out there. github.com/maduce/fosscad… And they've been added to over the past few years. As the saying goes, "the internet views censorship as damage and routes around it." Or, "you can't stop the signal". (7/?)
So all this #StopDownloadableGuns / #Stop3DPrintedGuns nonsense about "letting horses out of the stable"? Yeah, they've been out for six long years, they've been multiplying like rabbits, and y'all done well and truly lost. Anywise. (8/?)
Can you entirely 3D print a firearm?

Not technically, and not legally. The technical problem is that firing pins are almost invariably made of metal for a reason - you have to set off that primer. And plastic just can't have the strength to do that. (9/?)
The legal problem is something no-joke called the Undetectable Firearms Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undetecta… This law is /literally/ 30 years old, and requires at least 105g of steel in any firearm ever produced, anywhere - even at home. This applies to 3D printed firearms. (10/?)
Remember that scene in Die Hard 2 about the mythical Glock 7 that was made entirely out of porcelain or something? Yeah, the Undetectable Firearms Act is /older/ than that, rendering this whole #StopDownloadableGuns / #Stop3DPrintedGuns hysteria ludicrous. (11/?)
Can you /mostly/ 3D print a firearm?

Short of the firing pin and enough other steel to be legal, sure. And it's good for... about a maximum of ten rounds, from what I've seen so far, and marginally accurate at five yards, if that. They're proof of concepts, nothing more. (12/?)
So what can you do?

Well, for example, AR-15 lowers do not have a significant amount of force or temperature applied to them at any given time. Given appropriate modifications, you could totally print a lower that's good for 100+ rounds, depending on materials. (13/?)
And people have been, again, for literally years. The 3D-printed AR lower is kind of the holy grail of 3D printed firearm hobbyists, and the last iteration I saw was... solid. Drop a lower parts kit in it, an upper on it, and a stock, and it works, for a time. (14/?)
So what's the point of 3D printing firearms?

Remember "democratization of technology". The USSR abjectly feared mimeographs and other copy machines simply because they knew they couldn't control the flow of information - and that was /essential/ for socialsim to "work". (15/?)
3D printing firearms, while still in its infancy today, puts the means for people to defend themselves /squarely/ in the hands of the people - where it always should have belonged in the first place. (16/?)
3D printing firearms removes licensing and registration and confiscation and all other forms of #guncontro from the table, which is why #StopDownloadableGuns / #Stop3DPrintedGuns ninnies fear it so. And that's the ultimate irony. (17/?)
These folks style themselves as the #Resistance, but not only are they wanting to give Trump more power than he Constitutionally should have, but they want to deny We, The People another means of defending ourselves. How ludicrous is that? (FIN)
And to put my money where my mouth is, I just signed up for a year membership - whatever that means - at @DefDist.

I wholeheartedly believe in what they're doing, and in light of the ridiculous number of ridiculous injunctions and whatnot filed against them, do you?
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