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3D Printer and Guns: Should Blueprints of 3D-Printed Weapons be Prohibited?
Blueprints for 3D-printed firearms should be prohibited from publication on the internet.
3D printing makes illegal proliferation of guns conceivable.
Michigan State Law Review, 2014:187, p. 196.
The digital nature of the blueprints, these files must be entirely prohibited because selective publication is essentially impossible and would compromise any future efforts to regulate these files.
The opposition to 3D guns is based on the existing Undetectable Firearms Act,
18 USC Sec. 922
, which makes 3D guns illegal.
Banning 3D guns is unconstitutional in the US.
Information, regardless of its nature, should always be accessible to all individuals.
Even if prohibited, blueprints can find their way to 'users' just like other illegally circulated materials, such as pirated movies.
It is legal for one to build their own gun so 3d printing is just another medium for constructing a gun.
ATF FAQ on building a gun
3D printed plastic guns
don't even work.
Entirely prohibiting an individual to publish personally generated content is in its nature a suppression of this individual's right to freedom of speech.
Virtually anyone with modest computer skills can create their own 3D gun blueprint.
Any set of concrete instructions could be called a "blueprint". Free speech does not allow for a series of simple written instructions on how to model and print a gun to be prosecutable.
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