Crackdown on 3D printed guns…good luck with that.

The people more foolish that New York official attempting to crackdown on 3d printed guns is the New Zealand Herald who insist on a generic photo of a made from milled steel Beretta 92F to prove to us all they know jack shit about the topic.

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A law has been passed in New York in an attempt to regulate 3D printed guns.

The law called the New York administrative code makes it illegal to use a 3D printer to create a gun unless the person printing the gun components is a licensed gunsmith. Gunsmiths however will be required to notify the New York Police Department and register the firearm within 72 hours of printing it.

The New York administrative code follows another piece of legislation that is in the process of being passed, which makes manufacturing or using weapons and ammunition magazines made with a 3D printer a criminal offence.

Under the new law, 3D printed guns will have the same legal requirements as conventional shooters.

In the US it is currently legal for people to make home grown firearms as long as they are not sold. Home-made Fully automatic weapons are however still illegal. 

Home-made firearms are nothing new in the US, but have become increasingly rare as commercially manufactured firearms became more available.

The genie is out of the bottle, there is no way that law-makers are going to be able to change laws to keep up with advances in technology. It is almost impossible to write a law prohibiting the manufacture of parts that may or may not be put together by a citizen to complete the self-manufacture of a home made weapon.

Try and write a law that defines the precise moment a part becomes a gun. In any case citizens are allowed to make their own weapons. Some lawyer will undoubtably challenge the constitutionality of New York’s law.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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