3D Printable Guns: 150,000 Patterns Have Been Downloaded Since Obama’s Speech

Printable 3D gun components reportedly work just like a real gun. Files to make the weapons are now freely available for download. Defense Distributed maintains that 3D printers make plastic guns that actually work.

It is illegal to print an entire gun. But parts necessary for gun assembly can be printed with relative ease, according to The Blaze. The file for high-capacity magazines has been downloaded more than 150,000 times since President Obama’s gun control executive orders.

The 3D printer, as with all new techno gadgets, has dropped in price as the device becomes more commonplace. Some experts feel 3D printers will soon be as inexpensive as the typical ink-jet printer.

Many Second Amendment advocates have noted that criminals will always find a way to get a gun. The 3D printers, which make plastic gun components, appear to support that premise. Even before the 3D printer, many Americans possessed the knowledge to forge their own weapons.

An excerpt from the Defense Distributed website reads:

“The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are: To defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, through facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of, information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute, at no cost to the public, such information and knowledge in promotion of the public interest.”

Do the 3D printable gun parts illustrate that new gun control laws will have no impact on violent crime?