Plastic prototype pistol sets off alarms

  • Article by: Julie Chang and Claudia Grisales , Cox Newspapers
  • Updated: May 7, 2013 - 9:25 PM

The gun, made with a 3-D printer, was successfully fired. Maker wants to post instructions online.

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sharkysharkMay. 7, 13 9:47 PM

Schumer can do whatever he wants, it won't stop technology. Making something illegal never stops someone that is bent on committing a crime.

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RossbergMay. 7, 1310:54 PM

Within 2 hours there had been 70,000 downloads of the program to print this gun. By now it's probably 10 times that number and will likely grow to 100 times that now that bans are being talked about. Just like the surge in demand to buy more assault rifles in anticipation of a ban, about all that will result from Sen. Schumer's proposal is a rush to buy 3d printers before someone decides they must be outlawed for our own good. That's probably not bad news for the printer manufacturers but you'd think Schumer and others would eventually get the message that they're causing more of a gun problem than some guy making one to prove a point. There were already ways for the public to easily manufacture guns, even plastic ones, if they wanted to do so but that's never been an issue despite there being no law against it. Ban them from planes but it would be smart to just wait and see if 3d printed guns are just a fad that quickly passes.

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owatonnabillMay. 8, 13 6:26 AM

The sad fact of the matter is that Mankind's intelligence always outstrips His wisdom. This 3D printing technology is in its infancy...approximately the same place photography was in in, say, 1910. There is no way to stuff the genie back in the bottle. 3D printing is here and it is only going to become more sophisticated with time.

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mgtwinsfan1987May. 8, 13 7:05 AM

And the beat goes on in man's never-ending quest to destroy himself and the people surrounding him.

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csjohn1May. 8, 13 7:48 AM

Empowerment? Hogwash! Just because we can do something certainly does not mean it is okay. Responsibility remains the binder for civilization.

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jgmanciniMay. 8, 13 9:38 AM

So I'm assuming all the people congratulating this guy on outsmarting the "gubmint" are also equally thrilled with all the homegrown meth labs, crack houses, and garage enterprises that are cooking up "bath salts" and other new designer drugs in an effort to get around drug laws. Because after all, making something illegal never stops someone that is bent on committing a crime.

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