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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday October 02 2014, @03:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the gun-without-a-bang dept.

When Cody Wilson revealed the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun last year, he showed that the “maker” movement has enabled anyone to create a working, lethal firearm with a click in the privacy of his or her garage. Now he’s moved on to a new form of digital DIY gunsmithing. And this time the results aren’t made of plastic.

Wilson’s latest radically libertarian project is a PC-connected milling machine he calls the Ghost Gunner. Like any computer-numerically-controlled (or CNC) mill, the one-foot-cubed black box uses a drill bit mounted on a head that moves in three dimensions to automatically carve digitally-modeled shapes into polymer, wood or aluminum. But this CNC mill, sold by Wilson’s organization known as Defense Distributed for $1,200, is designed to create one object in particular: the component of an AR-15 rifle known as its lower receiver.

That simple chunk of metal has become the epicenter of a gun control firestorm. A lower receiver is the body of the gun that connects its stock, barrel, magazine and other parts. As such, it’s also the rifle’s most regulated element. Mill your own lower receiver at home, however, and you can order the rest of the parts from online gun shops, creating a semi-automatic weapon with no serial number, obtained with no background check, no waiting period or other regulatory hurdles.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 02 2014, @11:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 02 2014, @11:19AM (#100899)

    they think guns can sprout arms and legs and go killing people on their own

    No, they mostly think that "bad" people go around killing others, and that easy access to guns allows those bad people to be much more effective killers. Some of them also think that perfectly normal people sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, and would rather see a fist fight than a gun fight.

    But you go on imagining that all gun owners are responsible, civic minded people who would never allow their weapons to be stolen and who would never sell their weapons privately for twice their retail value.

  • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Thursday October 02 2014, @01:03PM

    by LoRdTAW (3755) on Thursday October 02 2014, @01:03PM (#100920) Journal

    and who would never sell their weapons privately for twice their retail value.

    That is also called "My weapon was stolen"