But we’ve been told by all of the smarted politicians and media talking heads that 3D-printed guns were undetectable by airport security and would bring about the end of western civilization . . .
“TSA has determined that these items can — and have been — detected at the security checkpoint,” spokesperson Michelle Negron said in a statement to TIME. “Our officers are trained to look for and detect threats, including artfully concealed weapons, and through use of sophisticated technology, including Advanced Imaging Technology, can detect non-metallic items concealed on a passenger.”
Travelers carrying 3D-printed firearms at security checkpoints will be referred to local law enforcement and face civil penalties by the administration, the agency said.
TDS in action . . .
Animal advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to shut down U.S. President Donald Trump’s board advising on federal rules for importing big game, saying it is stacked with trophy hunters and politically connected donors and cannot serve the public interest.
The lawsuit said the “deceptively named” International Wildlife Conservation Council actually promotes the hunting of and importing of body parts from “imperiled species” such as African elephants, lions and rhinos.
It said the 17-member council, created last November by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, violates a 1972 federal law designed to curb White House use of “secretive” advisory panels to set national policy, and should lose its powers and charter.
They never learn . . .
This is called the “Streisand Effect” and is one of the most predictable rules of the internet. Whenever the government (or a celebrity, or a company) tries to censor something, they immediately make it exponentially more popular and widespread than it was in the first place.
The lawsuit itself seems to be on shaky ground: In settling Wilson’s lawsuit, the Department of Justice has already cut-and-run on this issue, and there are strong First and Second Amendment defenses. Some experts consider CAD files code (which many scholars believe could be protected by the First Amendment), but, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in an amicus brief in Wilson’s case against the DOJ, these files could also be considered art, or technical information, or scientific information.
“The design files at issue here, for example, are not ‘functional’ software that can be ‘run,’ ‘launched,’ or ‘executed,’” the EFF wrote. “They are storage files for text, images, and three-dimensional shapes, having “functional” consequences only after a third party interprets and implements them with software, hardware (such as a 3D printer), and raw materials. Even under the government’s flawed view that ‘functionality’ diminishes First Amendment protection, files here are, if anything, less ‘functional,’ and at least as protected, as the computer instructions for encrypting data.”
That’s OK. Go ahead. Keep attempting to censor the information. In the mean time, get your 3D gun files right here.
“We will not be bullied into fear”: Denver’s March on NRA protest will continue Saturday, student activist says
“Every time we plan to stand up for students there is always a group or someone who thinks it is OK to threaten innocent lives,” Somers wrote in a statement. “There were talks of what do we do for all scenarios and one was to cancel the march/rally, however we will not be bullied into fear.”
The Colorado State Patrol and the Denver Police Department were notified of the online threats from several people. Somers said both entities determined it is safe to continue the rally.
A Denver Police spokeswoman told The Denver Post on Wednesday that authorities wouldn’t confirm whether a threat was credible, but that they would make sure the events were staffed appropriately.
The question is, what guns did he buy? . . .
Matt Burkett, 46, of Scottsdale, Ariz., started Predator Tactical LLC in 2010 to make high-end custom firearms. In April 2012, he attended the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, where he met a St. Louis-area buyer who later became an investor, his plea says.
Burkett admitted as part of his plea that he accepted $50,000 from the investor, who later opted to use the money instead for firearms purchases. Burkett never delivered any of the guns, his plea says.
The plea also says Burkett will have to repay that buyer and others a total of about $200,000.
Burkett’s indictment accused him of using money from buyers for personal purchases from 2012-2017.