3D printers and ‘Cuomo Clip’ head off gun laws at pass

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Photo credit FoxNews.com

Do all the new gun laws get you down? Someone has an app for that.

Put up a roadblock, someone will find a way around it. Enact a law, someone will come up with a loophole. Build a new stealth warplane, someone will come up with a better radar.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation limiting magazine capacities to no more than 10 rounds. New York recently enacted a measure limiting gun magazines to seven rounds. Other states are considering their own restrictions.

Enter Cody Wilson, a University of Texas Law student and apparent Second Amendment advocate. He’s also a roadblock evader who has a penchant for finding loopholes.

Gun advocates like the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre have pointed out that magazine restrictions are essentially meaningless given the fact that magazines are a low-tech item — a box and a spring.

Wilson picked up the ball and is now offering downloadable schematics for 30-round magazines for assault rifles, through his organization, Defense Distributed. He refers to his magazines as “Cuomo clips,” after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to Fox News.

“It’s basically to head them [legislators] off at the pass, which we have,” Wilson said, noting that since mid-January, when the magazine file was posted, “hundreds of thousands” of visitors have gone to his group’s site to download it.

The only problem is that you need a pricey 3-D printer, or at least access to one, in order to manufacture one of the magazines. FoxNews.com’s Perry Chiaramonte reported:

The cutting edge technology, in which three-dimensional objects can be manufactured from melted plastic thread, is likely to complicate efforts to control firearms. No such ability existed in 1994, when large-capacity clips were first banned in an initial federal assault weapons ban that lasted a decade.

Lawmakers are already scrambling. U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., is proposing an amendment to a 1988 law prohibiting non-metallic firearms capable of passing scrutiny through metal detectors. He now suggests that the law include “homemade, 3-D printed, plastic high-capacity magazines.”

Read more at Fox News.

Watch Defense Distributed’s video.

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  • KB Cook

    chuckle chuckle chuckle — the ingenuity of the American mind and the superiority of the free market place. Gotta love it!

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    All that will happen is that the government will adjust the law to make the possession of any extended capacity clip unlawful. When the law enforcement people make up their guidelines, they will just leave it to the cop, when in doubt, arrest. Let the arrestee have to go through the paperwork. At the same time, you have a checkback record for the individual. Thank you. Making any clip is an easy thing. Many of the off manufactured ones are made by hand out of hard plastic. Like the writer indicated, its just a spring and a box. The ingenuity of the American mind is without question, but the foolishness of telling people what you are going to do is also without question.

    Just saying…