By Dean Weingarten
Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- The recently passed ”undetectable gun ban” does no good and does considerable harm. I applaud Representative Thomas Massie for standing up against the bullies in the MSM ( Main Stream Media).
Standing on principle when all the voices in the old media are against you takes guts. From WFPL:
Kentucky Fourth District Congressman Thomas Massie says he was the sole voice vote against a 25-year ban on firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.
The article goes on to mislead the readers:
First passed in 1988, the Undetectable Firearms Act is set to expire on December 9. It bans the possession, manufacturing and selling of any so-called plastics gun, which can be built using 3-D printers and can go undetected by security devices.
There may be some old security systems that can be evaded by 3D printed guns, but the ammunition that they use is easily detected. Modern systems no longer use only magnetometers that are limited to detecting metal. They have to be able to detect explosives and incendiary devices as well. Those are not made of metal. People who are intent on breaching security will not worry about a ban on building something that they think will be helpful. This article from a year ago does a good job of explaining why the ban does nothing useful for security, but does a pretty fair job at setting an example that the government has the authority to ban future technology from its citizens.
Conveniently, the ban has exceptions for the government and its agents.
Those who fear the wrath of the old media will make the excuse that this ban is to keep a worse ban from being passed. The problem is that passing the ban without at least some concession from the anti-freedom types is just giving them a Christmas present. It does nothing for second amendment supporters, and only gives aid and comfort to those who despise the Constitution and rule of law.
Is there anyone who believe this ban would have been passed at all if the old media had not been vigorously pushing for it?
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.