Philadelphia Bans 3D Guns “based on internet stuff out there”

November 24th, 2013

The city of brotherly love became the first city to ban a non-existent problem. The 3D-printed gun. Why?

Which is interesting, because the author of the bill, Kenyatta Johnson, isn’t aware of of any local gun-printing 3-D printers. ”It’s all pre-emptive,” says Johnson’s director of legislation Steve Cobb. “It’s just based upon internet stuff out there.”

Of course, a deadly device can be easily made out of equipment one can buy in the hardware store (or kitchenware department). Making one using a 3D-printer is an absolute waste of time and money. But, 3D guns!

In related notes, before the recent nuclear meltdown in Washington, there was movement by AG Holder and others to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, another law passed in response to a fake problem (the idea that Glock pistols were made of plastic and were undetectable).

After the nuclear option detonated, Senator Schumer–who introduced legislation to renew the law–asked for unanimous consent to consider this bill. Senator Sessions replied, “not a good day.” I commented that there would not be many more good days. As a result of the nuclear option, expect passing laws in the Senate to become much tougher. And I don’t know that this is a bad thing.

H/T Gizmodo