The advent of 3D printers has created consternation for the Department of Homeland Security. In a memo, it admits that this new technology poses overwhelming problems for the suppression of gun ownership.
Here are highlights from the memo, which was issued by the Joint Regional Intelligence Center.
“Significant advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing capabilities, availability of free digital 3D printer files for firearms components, and difficulty regulating file sharing may present public safety risks from unqualified gun seekers who obtain or manufacture 3D printed guns.”
“Limiting access may be impossible.”
“Unqualified gun seekers may be able to acquire or manufacture their own Liberators with no background checks.”
“Proposed legislation to ban 3D printing of weapons may deter, but cannot completely prevent their production. Even if the practice is prohibited by new legislation, online distribution of these digital files will be as difficult to control as any other illegally traded music, movie or software files.”
This is the tip of the iceberg. This 3D technology is only barely getting started. As prices fall, the number of homes that own them will increase. This means that demand for blueprints of items to create will increase. So, the designs will improve.
This technology cannot be stopped. All over the world, people will be able to buy these printers. This means that gun control is doomed. The government cannot enforce the law, except after the fact. When someone uses a weapon, the police in gun control states and nations can arrest the gun’s owner. But they will not be able to police their manufacture.