Here comes a development that warrants that this blog end it’s hiatus. I blogged a year ago on how the State Department has halted CAD file release for “dangerous” objects by Defense Distributed. Looks like that hasn’t stopped them from keeping busy:
I can’t think of a single person (Cody Wilson) or organization (Defense Distributed) that has demonstrated how much market innovation alone can have a bigger impact on current affairs than raw electoral politics alone. Check the official site out linked below the video for the list of innovations this device has, including a new file format that stores information about where to place external support jigs. That alone is a worthy feat, but a machine costing under $1,500 that has the capabilities of bulkier CNC machines costing at least double that speaks for itself. All hardware and source code will be open for people to borrow from or contribute to, meaning this is just the beginning for this sort of device.
From what I’ve read so far, this should be capable of machining at least one new AR-15 lower receiver per hour from 80% lowers. Someone could loan this out to a friend, or “sell it forward” so as many people can legally produce lowers as possible. Of course, there’s many more uses for this unit that are unrelated to firearms. I’m thinking “pirating” car parts using a 3D scanner such as this one could be another potential use for what Ghost Gunner could help manufacture:
Now the inevitable question arises: Do prohibitionists really think committed killers will give an exhausted shit about any law saying they must put a string of numbers on what they make in the name of registration? Such a law was vetoed in California of all places last Tuesday by Jerry Brown. This is the infamous “Ghost Gun” bill everyone was satirizing not too long ago.
The reason the governor vetoed the bill is so shockingly reasonable for any politician, let alone one from California of all places:
To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 808 without my signature.
SB 808 would require individuals who build guns at home to first obtain a serial number and register the weapon with the Department of Justice.
I appreciate the author’s concerns about gun violence, but I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.
No kidding! The best part of how tools like the Ghost Gunner CNC machine are already changing the conversation? Paternalistic types are now siding with the gun industry in an effort to curb their use. Of course they don’t even realize that’s what they’re doing, but irony of that makes me giddy as hell. See for yourself: https://twitter.com/StateExempt/status/519233597749084160
If you aren’t out to ban every firearm from civilian ownership, then you have nothing to fear.
And remember guys: they’re called “Undocumented” firearms. 🙂