The latest from NY is that they want background checks to buy 3D printers. Can you say overbroad restrictions?

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TRX · October 16, 2023 at 11:43 am

Dude! Survivalist weirdos and terr-rr-iss can use 3d printers to print undetectable ceramic Glock-47s that will pass right through school and airport metal detectors!

Also, New York is inching toward state licensing of gyms. No telling what those people might get up to if they’re not controlled.

Henry · October 16, 2023 at 12:42 pm

This reflects the same kind of warped logic that led to NYC requiring ID to purchase spray paint back when subway graffiti got out of hand. The “yoots” who routinely stole the paint cans somehow figured out that no ID was necessary when shoplifting.

June J · October 16, 2023 at 1:35 pm

They are just trying to out stupid the California legislators.

Francis W. Porretto · October 16, 2023 at 2:30 pm

The mandarins who own this state are determined to disarm New York residents. I’ve been waiting for a background check to clear for FOUR DAYS so I can take possession of a bolt-action rifle. And I’m hardly the only one so discommoded.

Rick T · October 16, 2023 at 3:19 pm

They want to register owners of 3D Printers but not CNC milling machines. So futile..

EN2 SS · October 16, 2023 at 4:27 pm

Stupid, for sure. Idiots, without a doubt. But they are NOT crazy, they are fascists.

Jonathan · October 16, 2023 at 6:06 pm

Which would be all of them..
How are they going to enforce this? Especially on those that ship directly from overseas…

When will they do the same for machine tools or copiers? It’s the next logical step…

    poppi · October 17, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Waaay back in the 1970s, Poland and other communist countries required mimeograph machines and photocopiers to be licensed and registered with the government. They were afraid of the samizdat writers, telling the truth to the people. Truth always wins in the long run.

    Gryphon · October 17, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    In “occupied palestine” it is Illegal for a non-jew to own Machine Tools, even a Drill Press. Make of that what you will.

W Wilson · October 16, 2023 at 7:52 pm

I can go to home depot and get everything I need to build a slam fire shotgun. FJB

It's just Boris · October 16, 2023 at 9:38 pm

I’m just surprised it took this long.

Waiting for background check requirements for filaments, requirements for filaments makers to embed unique identifier markers, etc.

Joe Blow · October 17, 2023 at 6:35 am

Tyrants gonna spread tyranny….
It’s actually pretty funny. You’d think after all these years the politicians would get smarter, but they don’t. Just read the summary description of the bill, and imagine what the response from every head-shop is when asked what those water pipes and smoking papers are to be used for. Any other use of these materials and products in your home is illegal and strictly prohibited.

The term Kabuki Theatre comes to mind. We’ll pass a law we know won’t work (like all gun control, but I’d digress), so we can point to it as an accomplishment during re-election season. The fact that the law didn’t accomplish it’s task is only relevant to us passing more ineffective legislation.

James Ponder · October 17, 2023 at 9:56 am

Are you familiar with with A.E. Van Vogt’s novel (and 2 or 3 short stories) “The Weapons Shops of Isher?” Classic SF from the early 1940s. An entire anti-monarchial sub society existed because they had the capability to design/produce advanced weapons in-house.

In his stories, Van Vogt created many of the ideas that are common today: a global communications network, portable communicators that seemed to be cell phones, video calling. But the home or “club house” rendered weapons, uncontrollable by the monarchy, just drove the normies of society crazy.

If society does survive this next – whatever it is we’re going into – the garage/workshop/home lab should be able to produce some astounding physical presentations of what 2A protects for our fellow citizens. I’m afraid I get less optimistic about societal survival each time the news turns south, as 2022-2023. Would like to be wrong again.

    TRX · October 17, 2023 at 10:14 am

    Well, the Weapon Shops had force fields the Isher couldn’t penetrate, and matter transmitters, and a their guns could read the minds of their users.

    van Vogt was a “big picture” writer like Edmond Hamilton; he often bit off more than he could chew, as far as backstory.

    Still, the Weapon Shops’ motto “The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.” is pretty good, though it should have been the right to bear, not to buy.

      James Ponder · October 17, 2023 at 3:02 pm

      Good point about the force fields and the matter transmitters, TRZ. However, those things are not on the near-horizon (that I know of). A garage built analogue to a modern semiautomatic handgun or a decent 12 ga are essentially here, and following the tech curve, a little cheaper and better to build every year.

Boneman · October 18, 2023 at 4:24 am

This is nuts. What’s next? The online cyber tracking of STL and IGES files? Will Yahoo! Google mail and other similar platforms (not I use THAT $hit for email) start scrutinizing 3D formats for _unsavory_ content?

You better believe they will. And report what they find too.

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