AndThe eight-month experiment by Cody Wilson ended with a gun that can be assembled out of plastic parts, and made potentially lethal with the addition of a household nail and a bullet. Video has surfaced of Wilson firing the gun during testing.
Wilson put the plans on the Internet for free, and they were quickly downloaded by more than 100,000 people.
How this would be enforced, though, is beyond me. There is a first amendment issue here, as well as the fact that plans for homemade printed guns could be printed outside of our borders, where these laws would have no effect. And, of course, there is a second amendment issue as well. What do you think?The Supreme Court decided not to hear the Stewart case, but it told the Ninth Circuit to reconsider it in light of another Supreme Court case, Gonzales v. Raich.
In the Raich case, the court ruled that the Commerce Clause gave Congress to right to ban homegrown marijuana, even when states approved it for medical uses, because of the potential effects on interstate commerce.
In 2006, the Ninth Circuit issued a new ruling in the Stewart case, saying that, “We therefore hold that Congress had a rational basis for concluding that in the aggregate, possession of homemade machine guns could substantially affect interstate commerce in machine guns.”
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NOTE: I have already downloaded the plans for the gun, known as the Liberator, but don't intend to make one. This gun is good for ONE ROUND ONLY, if that. The firing of the bullet pretty much renders the weapon useless for future firings, due to destruction of the plastic material inside the barrel. And, at thousands of dollars to make a single weapon, this gun is pretty much economically unfeasable.
NOTE2: If you do happen to make this gun, you will be breaking federal law if you do not put a slug of iron or steel that weighs at least 6 ounces somewhere in it, so it can be detected at airports, etc.