What’s Your Response To Government Limits On High-density Polymer Printers?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about 3D printers and the possibility of “printing” guns on these devices. The 3D printers that are currently available to consumers for around $1500 can only handle light plastics, and while you could print out parts that have the same shape as gun components and fit them together, as soon as you tried to fire the thing it would blow up in your hand.
There are some of these devices capable of using high-density polymers or ceramic materials that you could create a gun with, but these devices currently cost around $150,000 each, and Congress has already passed strict requirements regarding the sale of high-density 3D printers. In fact, even the NRA (don’t forget they are sponsored by firearms manufacturers) strongly supports limits on the sale of high-density polymer and ceramic printers.
What’s your response to Libertarian and Militia groups who are at odds with Democrats, many Republicans, and even the NRA over limits on sales of high-density polymer and ceramic 3D printers?

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11 Responses to “What’s Your Response To Government Limits On High-density Polymer Printers?”

  1. Brian B says:

    I don’t mind regulation, I do mind an all out ban.

  2. Right Wing Extremist says:

    You couldn’t print a functioning Fire Arm out of plastic.
    EDIT: I highly doubt a barrel, firing pin, or springs made from High Density Plastic would be effective, or even work.

  3. NEW FUTURE America says:

    3D Printers would destroy the gun manufacturing business.

  4. Gum control says:

    This is the first I’m hearing about this, I would be in favor of any sensible regulations, but no bans.

  5. Smoking Joe says:

    Anything you can make with a printer you can probably also make with a mold and some epoxy, I’m guessing.
    One guy tested one and it blew apart and the barrel fell off, from what I understand.

  6. River says:

    Rant much and they do ” Fire ” they just don’t last very well and people need to ” Getta Clue ” about politicians ( Dem & Rep ! ) none of them give a damn about People / Civilians just themselves, their ‘ Cronies ‘ more money, power, control & votes !! Obviously too ( from these types of questions … a lot of people do not and should not have ” ASSAULT WEPAONS ” of any kind – not even politicians & their ” Men in Black ” who protect them, in spite of their rhetoric / spew otherwise !

  7. AndrewM says:

    I feel that they should be heavily regulated. However, I also feel that traditionally manufactured firearms should be much more heavily regulated.
    If the NRA feels like anyone and everyone should be able to buy guns, inhibited, then those same people should be able to fashion their own firearms.
    So, yes, clearly the NRA is showing its stripes not as a gun-owners’ lobbying group, but the gun manufacturers’ lobbying arm.

  8. durango joe says:

    This is typical because a person might be able to make a gun with a 3d printer lets regulate it out of existence.
    They can already make guns with current technology, lathes and milling machines.
    This is new technology that should be embraced.
    If every person that wants one needs to explain what they would do with it then most will not be able to get one.
    Not because they are up to no good but just like any new technology they want to play with it.

  9. Ryan says:

    You cant ban thoughts and ideas, and you cant ban technology and innovation. As the old saying goes “where there is a will, there is a way”. Ban 3D printers and it will only be a matter of time before something comes along that changes things again. CNC machines are growing progressively cheaper.

  10. John D says:

    When the cost of these printers falls to be similar to the cost of buying a firearm in the alley behind a bar, then I’ll worry about my neighbours.

  11. Uncle Pennybags says:

    I’m aware of this issue. Currently, you can’t print the whole gun, but you can certainly print some parts that will withstand the pressures, for at least a few hundred rounds.
    There are 3D printers that can print in higher strength polymers and metals, but these are basically industrial units.
    The hope is that like most technology, price will come down. Remember when inkjet printers first came out? They were like $500. Now, they are practically free, and you just pay for the ink.
    My hope is that in 20 years, anyone can buy a 3D printer for a couple of hundred bucks that will be able to print up high quality gun parts, and that an assault rifle is designed to be made almost exclusively of 3D printed parts, with other parts like springs and barrels, being common off the shelf parts.
    As for Congress passing strict requirements on the sale of high density 3D printers, I Googled that, but found no results. I’d appreciate it if you could provide a link to something about those regulations.

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