[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drPz6n6UXQY’]Wile E. Coyote, meet Road Runner. Notwithstanding the State Department’s tone-deaf attempts to ban them last week, blueprints for the Liberator 3D printable gun have been downloaded more than 100,000 times and have been mirrored on a variety of blogs and sites like the Pirate Bay, the NY Times reported. As planned by Defense Distributed, the anarcho-libertarian outfit behind the Liberator, the cat is well out of the bag.So what’s next? This story may be a hint of things to come: A California state Senator is musing about the need to start registering 3D printers and the people who have access to them. No legislation has been proposed yet, and the Senator was vague about how registration could even be implemented, but the idea is now well and truly out in the open.Admittedly, a state-level politician from San Francisco proposing these kinds of measures is a far cry from a national politician mooting the same thoughts. Steve Israel, the New York Congressman who was at the forefront of introducing legislation to try to limit the proliferation of 3D printable gun components earlier this year, said in an interview in January that he has no intention of going after 3D printing hobbyists or of regulating the sales of the printers themselves. But given the panicked atmosphere surrounding gun control and the shock of new technologies like the Liberator, it might not be long before we hear similar noises from Washington, futile as they might be.
If You Can't Beat 'em, Take Their 3D Printers
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