Last Friday, police in Manchester, England seized what they suspected at the time were 3-D printed gun parts, in a raid ostensibly intended to target criminal gangs. From Yahoo News:
British police said Friday they have seized components of a gun made from plastic on a 3-D printer and are testing to see whether it was a viable weapon.
The Greater Manchester Police force said officers found a plastic magazine and trigger, along with a 3-D printer, in a raid against suspected gang members.
As readers might suspect, knowing British attitudes about guns, this sparked alarm:
Authorities worry the technology could allow anyone to manufacture guns which would pass unnoticed through metal detectors.
"These could be the next generation of firearms and a lot more work needs to be done to understand the technology and the scale of the problem," said Detective Inspector Chris Mossop of the force's organized crime unit.
The article ends with a report that one man was under questioning about suspicion that he had been making gun powder.
As it turns out, the entire incident now appears to be a false alarm, as a second Yahoo News article reported later that day:
After initially hailing the seizure as "a really significant discovery," police later released a second statement in which Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: "We need to be absolutely clear that, at this stage, we cannot categorically say we have recovered the component parts for a 3D gun."
The 38-year-old owner of the shop was released on bail after being questioned.
The accused claims that the police are "off their heads," and that the parts were not gun components, but were from the printer itself (an assertion that appears to be supported by fact), which he uses to make items for decorating cakes (British gangs must be somewhat . . . different from what we are accustomed to in the U.S.).
Even if, as now appears very likely to be the case, the British cops no more found a "gun factory" than these British cops found a chemical weapons factory in a Thai restaurant, the fact remains that 3-D printing is poised to render Britain's gun laws--some of the most draconian in the world--powerless to protect the "government monopoly on force" so beloved of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and forcible citizen disarmament-crazed politicians.
And even if the suspected "gunpowder" manufacture proves equally ridiculous, gunpowder can indeed be made from easily obtainable, untraceable components, by people with no particular aptitude for chemistry, so "ammunition control" is on no less shaky ground than "gun control" is.
The authorities in the heavily "gun controlled" European Union know that their ability to keep the people disarmed is slipping away, and according to the New York Times, apparently the people do, too (emphasis added):
Spain led the ranking of downloads [of 3-D printed gun CAD files] at the time, followed by the United States, Brazil, Germany and Britain.
The game has changed--and it's no longer Monopoly. Good thing, too, because that's a tyrant's game.
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