Below the Radar: Stop Home Manufacture of Ghost Guns Act of 2020

3D Printed Ghost Guns
Below the Radar: Stop Home Manufacture of Ghost Guns Act of 2020

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- “Ghost guns” have become one of the boogeymen that many anti-Second Amendment extremists are hyping. One of the major reasons has been the development of 3D printing and the increasing popularity of the unfinished receivers. For Second Amendment supporters, the technological advances are exciting – they could make it easier to exercise our constitutional rights.

Those developments, though, are intolerable to anti-Second Amendment extremists. If that technology were to spread – and things like 3D printers and CNC machines are getting cheaper, and thus, more accessible to the public. If that were to happen, enforcing gun bans would be practically impossible.

So, the fear-mongering gets ratcheted up, and to capitalize on that fear-mongering is Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who is introducing HR 7468, the Stop Home Manufacture of Ghost Guns Act of 2020. This legislation would make it a federal crime for anyone but a licensed firearm manufacturer to have a “firearm manufacturing machine.”

This is a bill written with a lot of wiggle room for bureaucrats to go after people they don’t like. Keep in mind, a 3D printer or CNC machine could make a firearm. What determines if it is made is whether the right code is provided to those machines. We’ve seen the efforts anti-Second Amendment extremists have made to silence efforts to put 3D printing code out there. As was noted here back in March, their efforts to remove access to technical data about firearms isn’t going to stop at 3D printers or CNC machines.

What Raskin also counts on the media not telling Americans is that current laws already address the possession of a firearm by those prohibited persons and they also address the misuse of firearms in crimes, whether the firearms are home-made or if they were produced by a licensed manufacturer. Either way, violating 18 USC 922(g)’s felon-in-possession provisions (just one example) is good for 10 years in federal prison.

It's a quintessential inconvenient truth that exposes that Raskin’s push for this legislation isn’t so much about public safety, but instead about again finding a way to punish law-abiding Americans who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights for crimes they have not committed. We shouldn’t be surprised: Raskin has proposed legislation that would bribe states to implement handgun licensing schemes.

Raskin’s approach isn’t just going to pile on lots of needless hoops and bureaucracy. It will actually make things worse all around. Second Amendment supporters need to contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to defeat HR 7468.


About Harold HutchisonHarold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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Getting Old
Getting Old
1 month ago

I just read this proposal – y’all may have nmissed the fact that banned machines will include those used for manufacturing ammunition. AKA reloading presses … Yet another reason to opposed it.

PakRat
PakRat
1 month ago

The Second Amendment is my authorization to protect my loved ones.

If some idiot wants to disarm me let him come.

  • Grumpy old Vietnam Vet.
JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  PakRat

A large number of us old, grumpy ‘Nam vets do, indeed, agree wholeheartedly with you!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 month ago

Wouldn’t a “felon in possession” be someone locked up? I always thought that after the felon was rehabilitated and let loose in society again that they were EX felons. Now I understand why my neighbor two houses down can’t own a firearm. Because he became a “felon” after getting caught driving drunk 3 times. So now he doesn’t have a “right” to own a firearm to protect his family and even his wife can’t have one? INSANITY! I see the NEW second amendment does have a clause in it about “felons” with firearms facing a 10 year cage term for… Read more »

Bubb
Bubb
1 month ago

Good article.

Random71
Random71
1 month ago

Ahem, http://www.thehomegunsmith.com/

She aint pretty but she’ll do the job.
Let them try outlaw ALL hardware stores, because that was the its whole purpose, no specialty parts which are harder to come by in the UK. With Americas collection of parts, I’m sure we can improve where needed.

Jaque
Jaque
1 month ago

Every idiot that comes up with these bills only fools themselves. Bad guys dont make guns, they steal them. And a gun without a serial number is no more lethal than than one with a serial number. Ghost gun is a term invented to make homemade guns sound sinister and evil. It is used like assault weapons to scare the uninformed. Cad Cam technology can make multiple copies of things quicker and with greater accuracy. But a kid with a power drill and router can hog out a solid AR reciever in a day. A drill press is better. And… Read more »

loveaduck
loveaduck
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaque

It’s not about gun control. It’s about control, period.

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
1 month ago

I live in Idaho, so I don’t need to contact my Senators and Representatives.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
1 month ago
Reply to  GUNFUN

Is it snowing yet ?

Random71
Random71
1 month ago
Reply to  GUNFUN

Do it anyways,make it clear that they cant sleep on it even if you know they wont.

loveaduck
loveaduck
1 month ago
Reply to  GUNFUN

Yet.