The Wiki Weapon Project
The implications here are staggering. Imagine being able to reproduce Liberator pistols in your own home with nothing more than a printer. Heck, this might work for folks who want a concealed carry gun while on vacation without the hassle of traveling with a firearm - imagine being able to walk into a print shop and walk out with a carry gun. The possibilities are very nearly endless.The WikiWep project is to produce a CAD file for distribution and sharing across the internet. This CAD file will be a schematic for a modest, 3D printable plastic firearm. In a world where 3D printing becomes more ubiquitous and economical, defense systems and opposition to tyranny may be but a click away... Let's pull the world toward this future together.
By designing and testing concepts for a 3D printable defense system, and by then sharing that information with the world, WikiWep will serve to protect and ensure political processes and human rights.
They can't stuff the genie back in the bottle. Firearms have been around for hundreds of years; most current designs date back decades or longer. They're durable goods, cheaply mass-produced in third-world countries, and soon will be available to anyone with a 3D printer and a CAD program. While a single shot .22 (their first design) isn't an ideal weapon, it's a start - and even John Moses Browning (PBUH) started with a single shot.
The ramifications of this project are staggering, and will most likely outpace legislation. Owning a 3D printer and a CAD program is hardly "constructive possession, and it's hard to see how having plans for a pistol - even with the CAD program and printer - would constitute same, even for a prohibited person. Being able to quickly, cheaply, and easily produce firearms by the thousand - tens of thousands, or maybe even hundreds - may very well be the lever that forces us to reckon with the person that misuses the tool rather than the tool itself.
This project makes real what we on the pro-rights side have been saying for decades: Any person bent on ill intent can get a firearm at any time. Those that will do harm will not be stopped by any laws made by men; at the very best they might be delayed. Putting artificial barriers to firearm ownership only hurts those that need not be regulated - the good people - and allows the evil people to thrive.
Knowing that anyone, at any time, anywhere, might have a simple gun on their person is fantastic protection from goblins - and out-of-control governments.
That is all.