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Downloadable semi-automatic gun can fire 600 rounds

A weapon design that can be downloaded off the Internet and built using a 3D printer has been proved able to fire off 600 rounds without breaking down.

The design has been developed by Texan gun-smith Cody Wilson. It is a semi-automatic rifle, called AR-15, which is basically a carbon copy (pun intended..it’s not made of carbon) of the famous M16 rifle.

Last year, Cody Wilson and his group, Defence Distributed, published a video, showing a 3D-printed AR-15 rifle firing, but the weapon broke down after just six rounds. Since then, Defence Distributed have been tinkering with their designs.

The group has now published a new video, showing the AR-15 firing more than 600 round with any problems.

The latests development highlights how cheap 3D-printing continues to shoot down the idea that gun control in USA can be achieved through regulating gun shops.

Here’s the video from Defence Distributed:

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New York State introduces new, tough gun law – but seem to lack the ‘how’

About a month after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, New York became the first US state to react to the massacre by introducing a new, tougher gun law.

The new law includes a tougher ban on assault weapons and broadens the definition of what constitutes an assault weapon. It limits the legal size of magazines to seven bullets, compared to the previous limit of ten bullets and introduces legislation to limit mentally ill people’s access to firearms as well as a hike in the fines and prison sentences that the courts can hand out to people caught in possession of illegal firearms.

“I’m proud to be a New Yorker, because New York is doing something, because we are fighting back, because, yes, we’ve had tragedies, and yes, we’ve had too many innocent people lose their lives, and yes, it’s unfortunate that it took those tragedies to get us to this point, but let’s at least learn from what’s happened, let’s at least be able to say to people, yes, we went through terrible situations, but we saw, we learned, we responded, and we acted, and we are doing something about it,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at the signing of the new law.

As could be expected, the nice people at the National Rifle Association weren’t exactly pleased, saying in a statement that they were:

“outraged at the draconian gun control bill that was rushed through … late Monday evening.”

“These gun control schemes have failed in the past and will have no impact on public safety and crime. Sadly, the New York Legislature gave no consideration to that reality. While lawmakers could have taken a step toward strengthening mental health reporting and focusing on criminals, they opted for trampling the rights of law-abiding gun owners in New York, and they did it under a veil of secrecy in the dark of night. The legislature caved to the political demands of a governor and helped fuel his personal political aspirations,” the NRA added.

And while lawmakers and interest groups like the NRA voice their opinions in very long quotes, the reality of the new bill is that the ‘what’ is there, but the ‘how’ seems to be, sadly, missing.

For example keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill is something that most people can agree is a good idea. A person diagnosed as suffering from bi-polar paranoia holding a shotgun could make most of us nervous. And, quite frankly, the basic idea of needing to make it more difficult for such a person to get a hold of the shotgun beggars the question: surely there must have been some way of preventing that for a while? Perhaps through combining a simple database with that there newfangled internet?

Anyway, what I’m trying to get at is that the law is full of new legislation that is supposed to punish people once they’re found to break the new, tougher law, but it seems to fall shamefully short when it comes to introducing new ways (or means) for tracking down people or weapons that are illegal. So, in short, it answers the question of what we (if we were the state of ┬┤New York) want to do, but doesn’t say much about how we want to do it.

Cheap 3D printing kills Obama’s clip control stone dead

In the wake of another school massacre, the US Government is once again looking at introducing some sort of control to the American gun market.

Now as a European, the fact that a large percentage of Americans seemingly think you really do need that semi-automatic rifle when hunting squirrels makes absolutely no sense. It’s like saying you need a canon to get rid of the sparrows who’ve set up shop on your roof and then being surprised when the cannon takes part of your roof with it in the attempt to get rid of said sparrows.

That minor tirade taken care of, let’s turn to a new suggestion by the Government who, instead of talking about squirrels and cannons, are thinking about introducing a law to prohibiting the size of magazines.

The proposal actually comes from California Senator Diane Feinstein, but President Obama has voiced support.

What the Government wants to is re-introduce the ban on high-capacity magazines that are capable of holding, well, a lot of bullets.

However, the suggestion isn’t likely to have the desired effect. And the rise of new technology is (sort of) to blame.

A group of gun-happy and slightly tech savvy people called Defence Distributed have already show that the rise of cheap 3D printing and the Internet is going to make it nigh on impossible to enforce a new ban on high-capacity magazines by just making it impossible for shops to sell them legally.

Defence Distributed’s plan is to prove that it is possible to create and build a lethal firearm with a high-capacity magazine solely using the blueprints supplied by the organisation and access to a 3D printer. Recently the group said that they had successfully a 30 round magazine for a semi-automatic and that they had fired a total of 86 round from the magazine.

So the end result they are looking for is a working gun with a massive clip that can be built by anyone with access to a 3D printer and the Internet.

Obama seems to be fighting an up-hill battle with people who want the right to not only build and fire their own canons at sparrows. They want ‘Mad Mike’ down the street to have exactly the same possibility. ANd the right to blame Obama when ‘Mad Mike’ decides that canons could be the thing that the game ‘Tag’ has been missing all these years….