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The Liberator - a 3D Printed Firearm or "Ghost Gun"

The Liberator - a 3D Printed Firearm

Ghost gun” is term that politicians use to describe firearms that are privately manufactured and privately owned. In other words, they are firearms that do not have serial numbers, are not recorded in any type of registry, and are legal to manufacture, own, and use by American citizens.

Since the United States was founded in 1776, it has been legal for Americans to manufacture their own firearms for personal use, as long as:

  • They are not sold or transferred to another individual. They must always remain in the possession of the person who manufactured it. If it is to be given away or sold, it must then have a serial number assigned to it.
  • It is a firearm that is the functional equivalent to a firearm that can be legally purchased from an FFL. This means that you cannot build a short barreled rifle or shotgun, a fully automatic machine gun, or any other firearm that would require a $200 tax stamp, a federal background check, fingerprinting, and more. Also, Americans cannot build a machine gun today because after May 19th, 1986, it became illegal to manufacture a machine gun for personal use.
  • It must comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act. This means that any firearm you make yourself must be detectable at any metal detector at any airport.

As of August 1st, 2018, it is legal for Americans to download and use plans to create 3D printed guns at home for personal use. Other than the technology involved in the manufacture of these firearms, there is nothing new about the concept of making your own firearms. As long as the firearm follows the three rules above, it is perfectly legal to manufacture, own, and use these firearms.

So, What’s The Big Deal About Ghost Guns And Why Are They In The News?

The idea that people can create their own firearms has always been a heated topic for certain politicians and organizations in the United States. Prior to the advent of 3D printers, and their subsequent introduction to mainstream consumers, one needed a good background in machine work to create a reliable and functional firearm. Not everybody had the skill or means to do so. This meant that only a few people were actually creating their own firearms. Because if this, the private manufacture of firearms was never really a huge issue.

Fast forward to today where a decent home 3D printer may cost only $3,000. Because of advances in cheap technology, it is possible that more and more Americans will get into the hobby of manufacturing their own firearms. And there is nothing wrong or illegal about this. Yet, it is now getting more and more coverage because there is a real possibility that more people are going to create their own firearms in the privacy of their own home. This scares the hell out of the politicians and people who traditionally favor tighter gun control laws.

What Can We Do About The Ghost Gun Issue?

First of all, you need to know the facts. That is why I wrote this post. Knowledge is power and the more knowledge you have, the better you can form your own opinions unclouded by rhetoric and unfounded hysteria. Obfuscation of the facts are what politicians like Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) depend on when trying to get the public whipped up into a frothing frenzy. Remember, words mean things. Referring to a privately manufactured firearm as a “Ghost Gun” effectively makes them seem scary and arcane. It is the exact same tactic these gun control proponents used when labeling modern sporting rifles as “assault weapons.” The end goal is to scare people with creepy names and wording because scared people tend to be the most vocal with their representatives.

Now you know the facts. With this knowledge, watch this presentation by Sen. Blumenthal and make up your own mind as to whether or not what he says is truth or fearmongering.


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