This is really going to ruffle some liberal tail feathers.
Or should we say this is going to be a serious invasion of liberal safe-spaces.
Actually, liberals are going to hate this.
Thanks to a recent advancement in 3-D printing technology, Defense Distributed announced they now have the ability to print a “ghost 1911.”
You may remember Defense Distributed. They were the first company ever to announce they could 3-D print guns using a tabletop milling machine called the “Ghost Gunner.” The original product the Ghost Gunner printed were unserialized AR-15 lowers.
These unserialized 80% lowers are very much like the 80% lowers sold by brick and mortar and online shops.
The only difference is using the Ghost Gunner and the included software all you needed was a block of aluminum and an hour and you could have an 80% lower.
Now print at home 1911s are possible. These 1911s are just like the 80% lowers as they are printed without serial numbers and require assembly to become a complete weapon.
For those of you wonder how this is even legal, the good news is it is.
According to the law, and how the ATF and the NFA define firearms, only a completed lower/frame, (fully assembled with trigger assembly, firing pin, etc) are determined to be firearms.
When an incomplete lower is made, it is not able to be regulated because it is not legally a firearm. Thus anyone can print and own one.
The owner of the company who manufactures the Ghost Gunner milling machine and produces the software says 1911s are just the first step. He promises to extend the software to producing Glocks and maybe even other frames.
Wilson says moving from the 80% lower to the 1911 frame is a huge step forward for gun rights as well as printing from home.
Wilson wrote in Wired.com
“The whole cypherpunk attitude of total gun privacy is more coherent in this smaller package,” said Wilson. “Now you can have a private 1911 or a private Glock, and it’s at the level of automated manufacturing.”
As you can guess there are states in the nation who object to the printing of homemade guns.
California recently passed legislation making it illegal for citizens to have any gun that was made by a person and doesn’t have a serial number.
Fortunately the federal government and the ATF haven’t made any provision limiting ownership of unserialized weapons.
Which makes some lawmakers very nervous, especially with the recent Las Vegas shooting i
“The ghost gun threat is real and growing,” said Kevin De Leon, the California state senator who pushed legislation to ban ghost guns. “Are they being made by gang members? Are they being manufactured to sell to individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms? Technologies that make it possible for the general public to manufacture guns raise serious questions.”
Surprisingly Wilson even confessed the concept of self-printing made him a bit nervous.
He contends that if people with less than noble intentions started making their own guns it could present some serious problems. He cited the rampant crime in Chicago and the potential problems self-printing might pose in a crime-riddle area like that.
“We’re going to see orders from Chicago we haven’t seen before,” he said. “Even I’m a little scared.”
Wilson did add that assembly of the 1911 handguns aren’t going to necessarily be easy to make.
“If the AR is like Legos, the 1911 is like a model ship,” he said. “If you’re a gangster at home trying to build one, you’ve bought a problem for yourself more than you’ve solved one.”
To build your own 1911 anyone with a Ghost Gunner will still need additional jigs to secure the 1911 along with new milling bits and the new software, which the company will ship to users on a USB stick.
Here’s to freedom.