The “Undetectable Firearms Act” expires at the end of this year, and Democrats are aflutter over the idea that scary plastic guns could soon be making their way onto the market. As proof that the law is urgently needed, they keep holding up Cody Wilson’s 3D printed Liberator handgun to illustrate the frightening future that they hope to legislate away. But the more they use that example, the more it becomes obvious that they have no idea how to handle the home-built firearms revolution and it’s scaring the ever-living crap out of them . . .
The Undetectable Firearms Act requires that any firearm manufactured in the United States contains a certain amount of metal. The idea is to enable it to be detected by x-ray scanning machines and metal detectors. The law was easy to enforce when heavy machinery and specialized skills were required to manufacture a heater, since the ATF could keep an eye on the designs of guns being manufactured and make sure that everyone was in compliance. But these days anyone with a 3D printer can design and build their own gun in the comfort of their own home without anyone knowing about it. In other words, without having a cop or agent of the federal government looking over their shoulder. Which makes the law is useless.
From The Guardian:
Schumer said the technology of so-called 3D printing has advanced to the point where anyone with $1,000 and an internet connection can access the plastic parts that can be fitted into a gun. Those firearms cannot be detected by metal detectors or x-ray machines. Schumer says that means anyone can download a gun cheaply, then take the weapons anywhere, including high-security areas.
The Democrat is pushing the extension along with Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Bill Nelson of Florida. The effort was announced on Sunday.
Chuckie Schumer truly believes that by creating new laws, he can stop the manufacture of 3D printed firearms. It’s the same logic I run into time and again hoplophobes. Namely, they truly believe that by adding one more law — another piece of paper — onto the existing pile of legislation, suddenly all crime in the United States will stop. That criminals will finally, magically comply. It’s a belief that everyone plays by the rules and follows the law to the letter. It shows a stunning naiveté and lack of understanding of the current state of the art of technology, and a resistance to the new reality in manufacturing. Let alone a failure to comprehend that criminals tend to break the law.
Just because something is illegal doesn’t mean people won’t do it. The failed war on drugs is a brilliant, shining example. Cocaine and marijuana and crystal meth are very much illegal but millions of Americans still use the substances every day. By Schumer’s gun-related logic, passing one more law tomorrow further outlawing these substances should be all we need to finally solve the problem. But as we all know, it won’t.
The senior senator from New York and the rest of the congressional disarmament caucus have done everything in their power to demonize, marginalize and dismiss the existence of Cody’s creation for the simple fact that it makes all of their efforts useless. A 3D printable firearm circumvents almost every law and bureaucratic roadblock that’s been set in place to prevent the “wrong people” from owning guns. It also means that the ruling class has officially lost what little control over the firearms in this country they had. And that lack of control is what freaks them out the most, hence this last desperate move to enact another law. Whether it works or not.