Friday, December 07, 2012


Obama administration rumored to be considering semiautomatic ban by decree

Prominent gun rights advocate John Snyder warns that the Obama administration, well aware of the unlikelihood of congressional complicity in Obama's agenda of banning so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines, might simply bypass Congress in pursuit of that sick, criminal agenda. From Ammo Land:
An anti-gun owner initiative considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis,” gun law expert John M. Snyder said today.
“According to confidential information,” he continued, “forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968.
“Under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners.”

Printing guns is far from only way to bust a 'government monopoly on force'

Yesterday, we took our latest look at efforts to "print" guns on consumer grade equipment, using CAD (computer-aided design, or computer-aided drafting) files made freely available on the internet. These efforts, when developed far enough, will render "gun-control" irrelevant. What does it matter, after all, that one cannot buy a prohibited item, if he can simply make it for himself on a 3-D printer, instead?
3-D printing of firearms on equipment within reach of most people's budgets looks, for now, to be rather short of ready for prime time. That will almost certainly change in the future--and probably the not-too-distant future, at that. In the meantime, though, if for example, President Obama decides, as he is rumored to be considering, to decree that most or all semi-automatic firearms become as difficult to obtain legally as machine guns are today, how is one to equip himself for the civil war that such a measure would surely provoke?
Mike Vanderboegh's Sipsey Street Irregulars observes that CNC (computer numerical control) machine technology is already quite mature, and that maturity means that, as noted in Wikipedia, "the entry price of CNC machines has plummeted." CNC machines, working as they do with metal, as opposed to the plastics that current consumer grade 3-D printers are limited to, offer rather a lot more potential in fabricating life and liberty preserving firepower than can be "printed" at the moment. Mr. Vanderboegh also points readers to a source of free CAD files for making various firearms on CNC machines.
Liberty exists for only as long as the citizenry has the unstoppable power to enforce its will on the government. When the people can acquire the means of enforcing that will only through the relatively small number of manufacturers and the retail chain, the government can at any time it chooses choke off that supply.
Affordable, anonymous home manufacture of firearms is the only sure means of busting the "government monopoly on force." 3-D printing cam potentially play a large part in that. CNC technology can already.
As Mike Vanderboegh asks,"How many CNC machines do you think there are in the United States today?" That's a question any aspiring tyrants in government should probably ask themselves, as well.
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St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has been following this exciting project with interest, and following CSGV's rising panic about it with more than a little glee. CSGV's executive director, Josh Horwitz, in fact, wrote about these developments in a hysterical op-ed column in the Huffington Post. That Horwitz piece, by the way, immediately preceded one in which he shrilly decried the possibility (as raised by St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner) of private citizens improvising explosive weapons. In both cases, Horwitz is displaying his terror of a citizenry that can simply bypass all "weapon control" laws, thus empowering the people to effectively resist an out of control government.
Since then, Defense Distributed has experimented with a considerably less ambitious version of the project, "printing" only the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle, and assembling the rest from commercially available parts. This is still quite significant from the political/legal standpoint, because the lower receiver is itself the part considered to be the "gun," and is thus the only part subject to all the legal hoops the government imposes on exercise of the right that shall not be infringed.
This approach was successfully implemented last summer, but for a gun chambered only for the relatively low-powered .22 rimfire cartridge. Defense Distributed upped the ante considerably, assembling a firearm chambered for the FN 5.7x28mm cartridge, so demonized by anti-gun groups for its supposed "cop killer" powers.
The results of the experiment were . . . somewhat underwhelming. From Defense Distributed's blog (also see sidebar video):
The first string of fire was just one round, which was fired without incident. The weapon fired, extracted/ejected/returned to battery, and the fire control properly rested, meaning the geometry of the axis pin holes is accurate. After examining the receiver for damage and finding none, the magazine was loaded with ten more rounds. On the second string of fire, the receiver seemed to fail on the fifth round – but may have actually failed earlier.
This sounds like a setback, but is not much of one, really. Defense Distributed already has some ideas for reinforcing the point of failure, and has also determined that a different plastic raw material in the printer may have been a better, stronger choice.

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