Tuesday, June 21, 2016

- Well At Least It's Not Black

I just wanted to remind gun banners that prohibiting the sale of the dreaded AR15 mega-death super deadly assault rifle isn't going to eliminate anything. As you can see here, you can now 3D print a lower receiver, and it will function perfectly well.

3D printing has it's weaknesses. Plastic doesn't cope well with the high pressures brought on by a bullet's explosion. But as a stunning coincidence, the only part of an AR15 that is considered a 'gun' is the lower receiver, which doesn't actually have to deal with much in the way of pressure. All it does is feed the cartridges into the chamber which is made of steel and perfectly suitable for the purpose. All the metal parts aren't a 'gun' at all, but are only 'gun parts'. And they contain no serial numbers.

So how do you ban something that absolutely anyone can make dozens of with no more than a few hundred dollar investment? Are there laws to prevent this (or at least make it difficult)? Sure. Tons. But I don't think it's gonna stop anyone.

The genie is out of the bottle gang. There is no eliminating the AR15. Not for civilians, or criminals, or terrorists, or anyone else. And if the bad guys are going to be able to print them up as they need them, you better spread a few around with more responsible folks as well. (And if you're going to try to prohibit something that 100 million Americans want, you had better start learning a little about them.)

1 comment:

MikeCLT said...

Here is a good article by an apparently liberal guy on why the AR-15 is so popular. I am surprised Vox published it.

Two unicorns in one week!

http://www.vox.com/2016/6/20/11975850/ar-15-owner-orlando