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McGinnis' attempt to legally purchase a firearm was stymied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. But legislation proposed this week in the Senate deals directly with 3D printable guns. A group of Democrats proposed a law that would maintain current laws against publishing 3D-printed gun information over the Internet.

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But in recent years, that has begun to change. Advancements in 3D-printing technology have yielded increasingly reliable 3D-printed firearms, many of which require no federally regulated components to function. Below, we break down the basics of plastic, 3D-printed firearms, and the controversy generated by the swelling movement to deliver them to the masses.

In 2019, the Trump administration transferred oversight of gun exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department, which would have rolled back restrictions on releasing 3D-printed gun blueprints. But a second suit filed by the coalition of state attorneys general has kept oversight of the files with the State Department, pending future litigation.

The man traded in 62 3D-printed guns, often referred to as 'ghost guns,' and received $50 per gun. He claimed making the weapons only cost $3 each, he told Fox 26. The large trade-in of non-traditionally-crafted firearms has prompted city officials to change guidance for future buybacks.

"I 3D-printed a bunch of lower receivers and frames for different kinds of firearms," he man said, adding that he drove six hours to Utica to gun buyback event being held at the city's police department.

And while the legal battle over 3D-printed guns has been firing for years, a Texas-based company's announcement of "the age of the downloadable gun" has many Americans now asking: What is a 3D-printed gun, anyway, and how are they legal?

No: First, obviously, they can be made of plastic, making them more prone to shatter. And even if they don't explode at first fire, as this video shows, their plastic shells can't compare to the durability of traditional guns. They don't carry as many bullets as traditional guns either, the Chicago Tribune notes: Many 3D-printed guns hold only a round or two, requiring manual reloads, and can prove relatively inaccurate when fired.

A federal law called the Undetectable Firearms Act makes illegal any guns that don't go off in pass-through metal detectors. Such guns could, theoretically, include plastic 3D-printed guns. Plans ask users to insert a piece of metal into otherwise plastic guns to make them detectable. But a printed gun could still work without that metal, according to Newsweek, making it optional from a functioning standpoint.

Unlike store-bought firearms, 3D-printed guns don't require the serial numbers that let law enforcement trace ownership of a specific weapon. Such untraceable weapons are sometimes called "ghost guns."

But such loopholes exist already, though 3D-printed guns may widen them. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives already allows individuals to make guns at home "solely for personal use," provided they meet certain specifications for parts and detectability. Such unlicensed guns, 3D-printed or not, can't legally be sold.

The assembled gun is metal, not plastic, meaning it's more durable and accurate than 3D-printed guns, as Popular Mechanics' Kyle Mizokami notes. Buying and assembling parts is also cheaper and simpler than buying a 3D printer and making them at home.

That's a question at the core of 3D-printed gun debate: Second Amendment advocates scoff at the idea that any criminal would realistically opt for a 3D-printed gun, given the hassle, unreliability and potential costs.

The program, which was a first for Houston, did not specify that 3D printed guns would not qualify for the exchange. An official web page for the event states that guns will be accepted "with a no-question-asked policy by law enforcement." Gun owners were allowed to exchange as many firearms as possible, no identification or proof of residency was required, and the guns would be destroyed after confirmation that they were not used in crimes or stolen.

Blueprints for 3D-printed gun parts have caused a stir. The plastic parts can make a gun untraceable and undetectable because they don't have serial numbers and they aren't subject to the standard procedures that cover regular firearms. Anyone with a computer can buy the design files from Defense Distributed and print them out using a 3D printer.

Defense Distributed appears to be limiting where you can make a purchase. The site identifies "blue states" -- a US state that predominantly vote for the Democratic Party, mostly on the East and West Coasts, and will stop you from making a purchase. CNET reporters in California and New York tried to sign up to buy the 3D-printed gun blueprints but instead were told they were "behind the blue wall."

As of now, 3D-printed guns are virtually unregulated and untraceable. All a person needs is a blueprint for the gun, which are readily available online for free, the plastic materials to make the gun, and a 3D printer to put the contraption together.Advertisement

The printer is the biggest obstacle to getting one's hands on a 3D-printed gun. While basic 3D printers can be bought for under $500, these are unlikely to be able to print a usable firearm as of now. To print a usable gun, one would need a 3D printer that costs upwards of $2,000. Even then, 3D-printing technology is still in its early stages and guns made with basic pro-sumer printers have been known to fall apart after firing a single shot.Advertisement

There are 3D-printers that can create metal objects, including higher-quality guns, but they cost upwards of $100,000. Tests in 2013 show a metal 3D-printed gun is capable of shooting about 50 times.RELATED Federal courts in 3 states block blueprints for 3D-printed guns

One concern in the debate is that having blueprints available might enable criminals or those barred from buying a weapon to make their own. Some gun rights supporters, though, told NBC News they likely won't bother with 3D-printed guns when they can spend less to buy one unlawfully.

"I think it makes little practical difference in the Unites States, because with a black market, people who shouldn't have guns are still able to buy them anyway," said David Kopel, professor at the University of Denver law school.RELATED Judge allows release of printed 3D gun blueprints

Last Tuesday, a federal district court judge in Washington State issued a temporary restraining order, barring the implementation of a settlement agreement that would have allowed a company named Defense Distributed to publish computer-aided design files for the production of 3D-printed firearms. These files would enable virtually any individual who owns a 3D printer to produce a mostly plastic single-shot pistol. The company would also have been allowed, under the settlement, to continue posting blueprints for 3D-printed handguns as it develops them.

The revelation that it is possible to produce a functioning firearm with a 3D printer led to a national scare, prompting attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia to file the lawsuit seeking the injunction that prevents the implementation of the settlement agreement, thus prohibiting Defense Distributed from posting any design files, at least temporarily. The scare also prompted several United States senators to file a bill that would ban the online publication of designs for 3D-printed guns.

First, there is nothing new about the publication of design files for 3D-printable guns, and the injunction against Defense Distributed will not prevent anyone from viewing its design files. The cat is already out of the bag. Design files for the Liberator (single-shot pistol) have been posted on other internet sites. Files for four- and six-shot 3D-printed pistols are also available.

Over the past three years, the threat of extremists and terrorists making 3D-printed guns has changed from a hypothetical to a realised scenario. Since 2019, there have been at least nine examples of extremists, terrorists, or paramilitaries making, or attempting to make, 3D-printed guns in Europe and Australia. This unprecedented surge in cases gives a glimpse of a future where such occurrences may become routine. While we have already seen their proliferation among criminals, we are now witnessing extremists worldwide searching for, downloading, sharing, and manufacturing 3D-printed gun designs.

This list excludes the 15-year-old girl in the UK who was arrested in October 2020 for possessing 3D-printed gun designs and documents on explosives. Authorities later dropped the charges after determining she was a victim of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Also excluded is the case of 24-year-old Artem Vasilyev in Adelaide, Australia. At his home, police found an FGC-9 and guides on making explosives. Even though he was charged in September 2021 with terrorism offences, it is unclear from public reporting or police statements whether he holds violent extremist ideas.

In contrast, there is no known example of a jihadist attempting to acquire or make 3D-printed guns in Europe. While cases may simply not have made their way to the public domain, the absence begs the question: where are the jihadists? There is no definitive answer here. One possibility is that jihadists are much more reactive to propaganda, which thus far has encouraged other attack methods such as stabbings, TATP explosives, and vehicle rammings. A wave of such attacks in Europe has only reinforced those methods, meaning that future attackers may emulate these tried and tested methods rather than experiment with 3D printing. Gun designs also do not appear to be shared in jihadist spaces as much as they are in online far-right ecosystems. Those explanations notwithstanding, why jihadists have not yet attempted to use 3D-printed firearms remains a mystery.

At least one violent extremist has already exploited this lax security. Jim Holmgren, a 25-year-old white nationalist, was arrested on 4 November 2021 at his farm in Falköping, Sweden. Police found 50 tonnes of precursor explosives on the farm, where he lived alone, though a portion of those belonged to his neighbour. There were also far-right paraphernalia and documents, including a purported manifesto paying tribute to Anders Breivik. According to his indictment (not in the public domain), Holmgren bought a 3D printer in January 2021 and tried making three semi-automatic 3D-printed firearms. His house was littered with parts for the ZBC-21 (a bullpup carbine, also known as the Urutau, in beta testing), FGC-9, and FGC-22. He also experimented with several other designs, such as the PG22, Covid-22, SpaceJunk V2, and Songbird. 041b061a72


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