3 Things Anti-Gunners Don’t Get About The Recent 3D Printed Gun Decision


Anti-gunners are all up in arms (pun intended) about the recent Department of Justice decision about 3D guns. They are scared to death that, now, people with evil intent are going to make guns in their basements and take over the country.

As if evil people haven’t had easy access to firearms already.

But a few things need to be cleared up about the DOJ’s decision and about firearms in general to put this whole case into perspective. In particular, three points need to be addressed. The first point is that the DOJ’s decision only changes things for Defense Distributed, the company who was seeking to be able to distribute 3D printer plans for firearms. Why do we say that? Well, because you already had the right to make firearms at your home. Brian Doherty writes,


Making guns at home for personal use has always been legal. And since 1988, it has been and remains illegal to make or sell a gun that “is not…detectable…by walk-through metal detectors” or “when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component.”

In other words, the only thing that changed is that Defense Distributed can… well… distribute their 3D gun plans which will give people plans for how to 3D print a gun. But you could 3D print a gun already before the DOJ’s decision. So, nothing has really changed for you and me.

Secondly, the DOJ’s decision isn’t a Trump administration promotion of gun rights. Sadly, as much as you or I might like that, the DOJ’s decision was specifically about interpretation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rules. And, as a Defense Distributed lawyer said, the Feds probably dropped the case against Defense Distributed because they didn’t feel like they could win it in the Fifth Circuit court.

Third, this case is about free speech as much (or more) than about gun rights. Really, the legal issue from Defense Distributed’s side is that the Fed’s trying to prevent distribution of gun plans for 3D printers was a violation of Defense Distributed’s right to say what they want. The issue wasn’t really around what it is that they were trying to say or what specific information that they were trying to put out into the world.

So, before anti-gunners get all bent out of shape (and, before pro-gun people like you and me get too excited, maybe we should get a bigger picture understanding of what is going on because, really, not much has changed in the world from this decision.



  1. Forget all the nonsense. ALL anti-gun laws, restrictions, and prohibitions ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ON THE BOOKS ILLEGAL. Even the under the table confiscation agenda laws made by State legislators. Se 18USCC 241-242.

    Lets not make the mistake of giving one phrase of counterpoint to validate their blatantly mockery of the Constitution, our Liberties, and our rights. There’s nothing to analyze or discuss.

    Lets get criminal charges filed by an uncorrupted state’s attorney, and have them do the cuffed and shackled two-step down to the lock-up pending prosecution.

  2. Ive said many times that we do not have a gun violence problem we have a people violence problem. We currently have over 30,000 laws on the books we don’t need more laws we need better enforcement of the current laws. Like you said, we need to charge criminals and get them off the streets. One thing that these gun grabbers do not understand is that they take away all the guns from law abiding citizens and the criminals will still have theirs.

  3. I am not sure that any such weapon could not be identified. Also, the cost maybe quite high such that common people cannot afford one. Besides, they appear to be too bulky for concealed carry. But no matter. It is legal anyway.

  4. It is much simpler to buy an 80 percent frame of whatever, 1911, Glock etc. then do the necessary 20 percent machining plus assembly. It is also much cheaper to make it that way.
    Sadly anti-gunner knowledge of reality is pathetic. The simplest guns can be home made easily.
    Once saw a police demonstration that with about five to six components a 22 cal zip gun could be made in less than five minutes. Actually took under two minutes on the clock.

    It is impossible to eliminate firearms in any practical fashion. Besides you would have to collect how many millions in the US alone.

  5. The protests of and by the anti gun cabal are pure, unadulterated hog wash, the foregoing put in polite terms for the benefit of overly sensitive readers.

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