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There have been no shortage of short sighted and silly arguments surrounding the coming reality of 3D printed guns, but nothing quite like this.

Finally, after a lengthy legal battle, the folks behind the first widely available 3D printer file that would allow owners of the devices to print working firearms, the new judicial challenges are rolling in faster than we can count.  Courts have been likely overwhelmed by the nonsensical nature of some of these challenges, while other may be targeted by emotional and illogical attacks from the left.

Now, one Los Angeles-based politician is lashing out at what should have been a victory for free speech by likening the idea of a 3D printed gun to child pornography.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander is proposing a city-wide ban on the possession, distribution, or download of “3D weaponry print files” that is similar to the ban on “child porn.”

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Englander spoke to Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) about his proposed ban, saying, “Essentially, now with the 3D printers, you can download the instructions that simply send a print command … to a 3D printer and you can print virtually any kind of gun, if you can get your hands on the blueprints.”

He said he wants a ban on 3D printers that works similarly to a ban on “child porn.” He said such a ban would mean “you cannot download, possess, distribute, sell, these digital files, and if you do, and they’re in your possession, in the city of LA, it would become a misdemeanor.”

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And, just to clarify:

The host asked Englander, “So just having the files on your computer would make it misdemeanor?”

Englander replied, “Yes, because that’s how dangerous this type of weaponry is.”

Never mind the fact that this is precisely the sort of liberty-inducing technological advancement that will allow oppressed peoples to rise up and take down the tyrannical overlords whose thumbs they have been suffocating under for decades.

Never mind that this is the ultimate solution to combat the authoritarian whims of the omni-wealthy.

Never mind that the Second Amendment, along with the First, expressly forbid precisely what Englander proposes.

Never mind all that, because this is California, where the rules seemingly don’t apply.

 

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