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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday October 03 2017, @04:08PM   Printer-friendly
from the gotta-have-guns dept.

The Ghost Gunner has been updated to allow the CNC milling of a much more popular and accessible form of firearm: a handgun:

For the past five years, Cody Wilson has applied every possible advance in digital manufacturing technology to the mission of undermining government attempts at gun control. First he created the world's first 3-D printed gun, a deadly plastic weapon anyone could print at home with a download and a few clicks. Then he started selling a computer-controlled milling machine designed to let anyone automatically carve out the body of an untraceable AR-15 from a semifinished chunk of aluminum, upgrading his provocations from plastic to metal. Now his latest advance in home firearm fabrication allows anyone to make an object designed to defy the most basic essence of gun control: A concealable, untraceable, and entirely unregulated metal handgun.

On Sunday, Wilson's gun rights advocacy group, Defense Distributed, announced a new release of software for his computer-controlled milling machine known as the Ghost Gunner. The new code allows the 1-foot-cubed tabletop machine—which uses a spinning bit to carve three-dimensional shapes with minute precision—to not only produce untraceable bodies of AR-15s but to carve out the aluminum frame of an M1911 handgun, the popular class of semiautomatic pistols that includes the Colt 45 and similar weapons. Wilson says he plans to follow up soon with software for producing regulation-free Glocks and other handgun models to follow.

Wilson's goal now, he says, is to do for small arms what Defense Distributed did for AR-15s when it first released the $1,500 Ghost Gunner milling machine exactly three years ago to the day: Give people the ability to make a lethal weapon at home with no regulation whatsoever.

M1911 pistol.

This story came out before the mass shooting in Las Vegas, on the third anniversary of the initial release of the Ghost Gunner, just in case you were wondering.

Also at Ars Technica:

"It's a certain type of person who builds and enjoys an AR-15—that's a lot of gun, and most people don't feel the need to have a big ol' battle rifle," Wilson says. "But we believe lots of people are interested in the conversation about an untraceable, concealable handgun. It's been on the roadmap the whole time for this project. It's just always been a question of how we get there, and it ended up being very, very difficult—kinda like the brass ring of the project, if you will."

Previously: FedEx Refuses to Ship Defense Distributed's Ghost Gunner CNC Mill
Man Who Used CNC Mill to Manufacture AR-15 "Lowers" Sentenced to 41 Months


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Tuesday October 03 2017, @10:55PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 03 2017, @10:55PM (#576833) Journal

    Because the primary purpose of gun control in the US is not to prevent people from having guns. The purpose of gun control to make it really difficult to own a gun in order to deter people who have no good reason to.

    Who gets to decide who has a "good reason"? It's peculiar to see this authoritarian impulse. You wouldn't trust the government to do a variety of things (like making war), but somehow they're not going to fuck this up.

    Let's give a hypothetical example. Suppose Trump decrees at some later date that all the neo-Nazis have good reason to own firearms because they are a persecuted minority and deliberately ignores all those gun control schemes you have bouncing in your head. Maybe he even personally buys them a few billion dollars of fire arms to get started. Then one political faction has an enormous amount of firepower and everyone else has to play by these very hard rules. This is the sort of thing that happens when you introduce sensible gun control. The state ends up in control of who gets fire arms, and it's always the political factions with the best connections to the state who have the best access.

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