• nick3499

    on the same note, ‘Licensed armourers may manufacture firearms using additive manufacturing process only if authorised’. can anyone imagine the mass production of firearms by the military industrial complex in general? not just in Australia, but worldwide.

  • Chig Erama

    On the last topic of toy guns, there are already laws in Australia that govern both toy guns in addition to replica fire arms… With the replica laws much more regulated, due to the fact that they *look* real, but at most fire blank caps.

  • Nightfalcon

    I vote for banning all weapons including 3d printed weapons of any material!
    No weapons …no massacres…no war. :-)
    Oki that is a bit too optimistic…but less weapons, less massacres, less war victims is probably true.
    Most people from Europe, like me, strongly believe in the state and accept his monopoly of legtimate Force. Therefore all kinds of weapons use is strongly restricted and controlled.
    In German Law there is no material description, neither a process of manufacturing description. It simply says: you cannot manufacture a barrel. I propose that is the way to go!

    Btw, as a 3D printing service bureau we categorically refuse to 3D print weapon parts, even the handle. :-)

    • Mike Molitch-Hou

      Why is that, when I say something like this, a bunch of gun advocates yell at me, but when you do it, no one gets mad? Kudos, Nightfalcon! I agree and wish that the gun rights people in the States weren’t so loud!

  • AussieBlue

    The ability for 3D printed/manufactured weapons to enter our communities has to be stopped. It’s not the sane, sensible people involved in 3D printing that are the worry, but the considerable number of disturbed, mentally ill, violent or just plain bad people who would be given more devices with which to perpetrate the evil. It has nothing to do with restricting internet freedom – that’s a dumb headline. Child pornography is restricted on the internet because it’s just plain common sense and decency. The blueprint files for 3D weapons can be traced digitally just the same way as Interpol and the FBI trace child pornographers. That’s the way to stop thousands of lethal weapons being made; make it illegal to download or file-swap the blueprints. Do this and we can all focus on the incredible world of additive manufacturing, making, inventing and having fun that 3D Printing represents.

  • lpol

    The real danger with 3D printed guns is that they can get through metal detector checkpoints where normal guns will be detected. The fact is that clever people have been making guns that can do this long before anyone thought of 3D printing a gun. The only reason someone would use a 3D printed gun instead of a normally produced one to commit a crime is if they wanted to get through a metal detector checkpoint. Otherwise they’d use an ordinary gun which is more reliable and easier to get. Plastic guns can blow up in your face. Also who is going to use 3D printed guns in a criminal way? Criminals will, not law abiding citizens. Why would criminals care that it is illegal to 3D print guns or download plans for them? There is a lot of evidence that making it illegal to download certain files makes very little difference to how often they are downloaded. Just look at the illegal downloading of music and movies. An army of lawyers have been trying to stop people from downloading these for many years without much success. I do think making all guns illegal is the way to go, but a lot of other people would fight this tooth and nail, so it’s unlikely to happen.