Open Season: Dispelling the many myths about 3D-printed guns –

By Marc FolcoOpen Season

The hot new gun topic recently became 3D printed firearms and the ability to share plans to make one at home, following a court victory in June which recognized that the plaintiff, Defense Distributed of Texas, has the right, under the First Amendment, to share plans on the Internet. It’s nothing more than designs and files that allow someone to use a 3D printer or CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine to make a firearm.

It’s really no big deal to some of us, but it triggered panic and outrage among those who are ignorant of firearms and firearm laws, resulting in many myths being spread. One is that it will enable someone to download a gun from the internet. Another fib is that it will allow people to legally make “undetectable” guns that can bypass a metal detector or X-ray machine. Both myths are simply not true.

Following the court victory, the attorney generals of 20 states, including Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, filed suit in July, against the State Department to stop Defense Distributed from sharing plans, and a temporary restraining order was issued, blocking the publishing of those plans.

So let’s see what some expert and respected sources on firearms and firearms law have to say about it. In a report on Monday by The Outdoor Wire, national firearms expert Tom Gresham, who hosts Gun Talk radio, the first nationally syndicated radio show about guns and the shooting sports, listed several things you should know about 3D guns.

Among them is the fact that it’s legal under federal law to make your own gun — without a serial number — as long as you aren’t selling it or giving it away, notes Gresham. If it’s for your own use, you can make it and

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