When Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed released 3D printable files for the Liberator gun online back in 2013, an entirely new side of the debate over gun regulation began. 3D printed guns are often portrayed as a looming, terrifying boogeyman by extreme gun control advocates, while at the same time they are often held up as proof by pro-gun and open carry advocates that regulation or legislation won’t solve the problems of gun violence in our country. One side is selling fear of easily created guns that can be printed off like photocopies overrunning our street, and the other side is pretending that because a gun can be made in someone’s home then there is no reason to restrict any kind of access to guns period.
It is important that we make very clear how 3D printed guns are made, what they are capable of and how much of While 3D printing technology is certainly sophisticated, the full capabilities of 3D printing are often wildly misrepresented.
Anyway, you have to have access to a 3D printer anyway and the materials to do it. And you need the printer files to do it. Raw materials are needed also to do the job. Cost is a factor.
Maybe it doesn’t need to be regulated just yet. It’s a form of technology that has progressed just because we are a curious type of creature and violence is just part of our nature. But that doesn’t mean it will go anywhere toward increasing violence in this country.