3D Printing

Australian Politician Joins Those Seeking to Ban Unbannable 3D-Printed Guns

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Cody Wilson
Defense Distributed

"It's fun to kind of challenge the state to greater and greater levels of its own hyper-statism," Cody Wilson, inventor of the 3Drinted Liberator pistol, recently told Reason TV (that's him firing it in the photo). And hyper-statists have been happy to oblige. The latest politician to seek to ban a firearm deliberately designed to be producable in privacy, with minimal skills, and beyond the reach of government officials, is Carl Judge, a member of the state parliament in Queensland, Australia.

Writes Elise Worthington at 7News:

The Palmer United Party (PUP) has introduced legislation to Queensland Parliament proposing to regulate the creation and possession of 3D printed firearms.

If passed, the laws would be an Australian first, making it a punishable offence to make, buy or possess 3D firearms.

PUP MP Carl Judge told State Parliament last night he was concerned the new printing method could be used by criminals.

Mr Judge said the private member's bill included a licensing scheme, as well as new offences and punishments for offenders.

Judge and his party join politicians in Philadelphia, New York City, and elsewhere in attempting to illegalize that which is intended to render laws toothless. 

And many government officials have come to the conclusion that Wilson and his supporters succeeded.

"It is very difficult to do anything about it," Troels Oerting Joergensen, head of the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol, told the New York Times. "Of course you can say that it is illegal, but as with everything else on the Internet, you can always get it from somewhere."

"Proposed legislation to ban 3D printing of weapons may deter, but cannot completely prevent their production," a United States Department of Homeland Security bulletin noted. "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."

Politicians like Carl Judge may ultimately arrest a few incautious or unlucky souls (Yoshitomo Imura was arrested in Japan after uploading videos of himself firing his 3D-printed gun to YouTube). But they can't actually prevent people from empowering themselves with the technology. 

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  1. What does this have to do with marriage equality?
    I can’t even find a food truck angle.

  2. ?

    I guess some Australians don’t have FAL’s buried in their backyards.

  3. Anything is bannable. Enforcing the ban might be difficult, but it doesn’t mean that some people won’t get caught.

  4. You know who else wanted to ban guns in Austri. . . . oh, never mind.

    1. PUT ANOTHER SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE

    2. You know who else had allies that wanted to ban guns in Australia?

  5. PUP MP Carl Judge told State Parliament last night he was concerned the new printing method could be used by criminals

    But if this passes, he can but sure it will only be used by criminals! Genius!

    1. It *is * genius, Nikki. By targeting law enforcement efforts at criminals only, valuable resources are conserved.

  6. But they can’t actually prevent people from empowering themselves with the technology.

    That sure as hell won’t stop them from trying.

  7. PUP MP Carl Judge told State Parliament last night he was concerned the new printing method could be used by criminals.

    Wouldn’t it be easier for the land down-andah to just ban criminals?

  8. Cody Wilson: still hot.

    1. I like his DarkWallet project.

    2. He sort of looks like a swarthier manlier Justin Timberlake

    3. TIWTAALM

  9. “Proposed legislation to ban 3D printing of weapons may deter, but cannot completely prevent their production,” a United States Department of Homeland Security bulletin noted. “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.”

    Whoever wrote that bulletin is one fucking major optimist.

    o Cannot “completely” prevent production.

    Let’s try, won’t make a motherfuckin’ dent in it.

    o online distribution of these digital files will be as difficult to control

    “Difficult”. Lots of things are “difficult” Bob. Getting my help desk to actually solve a level 0.5 problem before transferring it to the level 3 networking team is “difficult”, Bob. However, making bits not copyable is like making water not wet. It’s im-fucking-possible.

  10. Troels Oerting Joergensen, head of the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol

    Of course.

  11. This is an excellent interview. I like the cut of this kid’s jib.

  12. Most important part of the video: 20:27.

  13. 23:22

    Why these issues are coalescing with these same politicians is not mystifying. They are the point-guards on institutional power.

  14. Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, wrote: “The Wiki Weapon project is not the work of a dispassionate techie seeking to push the outer limits of modern technology. Instead it is a blatant, undisguised attempt to radically alter our system of government.”

    Mr. Horowitz, if you’re the director of a group that wants to stop gun violence, why are you flirting with forays into concepts such as alterations to our system of government?

    Is it really gun violence you want to stop, or an institutional power structure you want to maintain?

    As they say around these parts, the mask is slipping.

    1. Good catch. The poor bastards are terrified of things they can’t control.

      The conspiracist in me can see some patsy with a 3D printed gun shooting up a school soon.
      Hmm, and they have a video right here they can blame..

      1. My question is how long until the ATF starts arresting people for having the models, the polymer, and a printer.

        1. It would be like being arrested for having a lighter or a spoon or a box of plastic baggies- drug paraphernalia!

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