On Wednesday Congressman Steve Israel stated on his website calling for a renewal of a revamped Undetectable Firearms Act that includes the ban of 3-D printed, plastic high-capacity magazines.
Last weekend, Defense Distributed made another test fire with a 3D printed AR magazine and it was a success. They tested an ammunition magazine for an AR semi-automatic rifle, loading and firing 86 rounds from the 30-round clip.
Rep. Israel said, "Background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print high-capacity magazines at home. 3-D printing is a new technology that shows great promise, but also requires new guidelines. Law enforcement officials should have the power to stop high-capacity magazines from proliferating with a Google search."
This is not the first time Israel has commented on the "Wiki Weapon" and 3D printed gun. "It is just a matter of time before these three dimensional printers will be able to replicate an entire gun. the congressman said at a news conference at the security checkpoint at Long Island MacArthur Airport in December.
He said he will introduce the law's renewal in Congress to renew a federal ban on plastic guns that can evade detection at airports, including weapons made partially with 3D printers right out of "Star Trek."
Defense Distributed responded to Israel yesterday with the following post on its blog:
Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson told Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg that "in the week that files for the three pieces of the group's printable magazine have been downloaded from its website more than 2,200 times already."
Wilson says Congressman Israel's call to ban the devices will only increase that steady flow of downloads. "I love it. It's so reactionary," he said when I reached him by phone. "I hope he gets tons of attention for this push, and that people download hundreds of thousands of magazines."
Wilson and his projects got a lot of attention this week due to the test fire. Earlier U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden said he will deliver his recommendations for comprehensive gun violence legislation to President Barack Obama. Watch the video below Alex Jones of Infowars.com interviews Cody Wilson.
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nathan wrote at 2/21/2013 11:50:36 PM:
I like how they are going to ban this under the "undetectable" umbrella ... first of all its built JUST like a normal magazine ... i have 2 plastic magazines myself that only have one metal part, the spring, these are no different. If they ban this they will have license to take all the legal ones too. I own an assault rifle (which has no substantial difference from a "rifle" if you know anything about guns you would know that), the only time I will ever use it is in defense of myself, and my family and yet they will take it away from law abiding citizens like myself but those that have evil intentions can still find and use rifles all the live long day.
jimbo wrote at 2/1/2013 7:01:28 AM:
Nope. Plastic magazines have been out for anlong time. You can usually tell whether someone knows much about gun when they use the word 'clip' instead of magazine, and 'bullet' rather than cartridge. The only effective way to protect us from ourselves is to put everyone in stasis. But, to boil it down... legislating something you do not understand, or advocating for a large group of people (notably armed and answerable to no-one) to enforce such laws is the height of asshat tyranny. If your knowledge of a technology comes from politicians and the TV, all you have is a knee-jerk emotional reaction, and you're playing the puppet for folks with the same mindset that graced us with Reefer Madness, "fag-drags", lynching people who looked a little different, or blamed an entire ethnicity for a financial collapse. Think for yourself for a change. Before you pass cruel judgement on millions of peaceful people, at least spend some time with them before you send the stormtroopers to kick in their doors and stomp their pets into goo. Really. I'd expect at least this much from people who value freedom to create, and to enjoy the product of their efforts.
tergium hulotov wrote at 1/22/2013 8:30:23 AM:
jews allways go for the countries guns they currently infest and target.such as amelika. a party like the one they threw in roosia circa 1917-till recent is planned for amelika.
Mark wrote at 1/18/2013 3:21:39 PM:
Quit moving it around and we can see the striations.
flink wrote at 1/18/2013 2:33:29 PM:
More time wasting and wheel spinning by elected officials. Making laws that duplicate existing laws is the elected representatives way to look busy and useful. When in reality they are neither.
R. Zehr wrote at 1/18/2013 3:08:14 AM:
"...this jerk from defense distributed is going to get the entire 3d printing movement strangled in the cradle by regulation." Nonsense. The "jerk" is the idiot legislator who thinks that making something illegal will stop people from doing it, witness rampant music piracy or prohibition.
C wrote at 1/18/2013 3:01:16 AM:
Muahahahahahahahahhahaa!!! Good luck with that one!
Jake Monti wrote at 1/18/2013 2:03:22 AM:
First off, 3D printers aren't exactly widely available. There's no urgent need to make laws for an emerging technology that isn't widespread. Second of all, the "ingredients" so to speak that are required in a 3D printer are pretty expensive. That's part of the reason they're not as widespread as they could be. It'd be cost-ineffective to make magazines with a 3D printer, and if someone asks to make a gun magazine from a 3D printer, something's fishy right there. Get a background check on that guy for sure, and even then be skeptical. I just hate censoring technology "for our own good."
BobG wrote at 1/17/2013 11:57:00 PM:
Once again, dumbass politicians trying to pass laws about stuff they know nothing about.
Kevin P. wrote at 1/17/2013 10:33:48 PM:
Please fix this link in this paragraph: Last weekend, Defense Distributed made another test fire with a 3D printed AR magazine It points back to this very article.
mflo wrote at 1/17/2013 9:15:10 PM:
Jeff K. Pinnacle of the intelligence you will find among gun nuts/Alex Jones conspiracy whackjobs. Claims that America Deceived II is a banned book. Then gives you a fucking Amazon link where you can buy it for 10 dollars. What is Amazon? A black market site? Yeah. So underground. No one knows about it. So who banned the book? A school? A state? The US government? That's some ban we got going on. This government that is so powerful and shadowy can't even ban a book from a well known website. So either, you have nothing to fear from a completely ineffectual government or his paranoia about the government is delusional. You pick. Either way, nothing to fear except the crazies.
Jeff K wrote at 1/17/2013 5:38:28 PM:
Gun control, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights. They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like "America Deceived II". They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you. They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars. Impeach Obama. Last link of "America Deceived II" before it is completely banned: http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437
Devon Jones wrote at 1/17/2013 5:25:32 PM:
We have to know that this was going to happen, but this jerk from defense distributed is going to get the entire 3d printing movement strangled in the cradle by regulation. Every online game, every system has to deal with the people who try and game the system, and they ruin the whole thing for everyone else if it's not handled well.