As Twitchy reported earlier Tuesday, The Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski shared a thread which began, “Nearly everything you’re hearing about 3D printed guns right now is false.” From a legal standpoint, here’s the most critical tweet:
The case everybody is talking about centers around the State Department's claim that posting gun designs on the internet constituted exporting firearms to foreign entities in violation of ITAR. https://t.co/39Gb1eWQ3j
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) July 31, 2018
Again, that’s what all the recent furor is about; the technology to “print” a gun isn’t anything new; the State Department just settled with Cody Wilson, who had hosted the code to print a gun on his company’s website.
But like Gutowski said, there’s a lot of misinformation about 3D-printed guns, and a lot of it is coming from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and a video she posted Monday from our friends at NowThis News:
— David French (@DavidAFrench) July 31, 2018
Just the first two words tell you you’re dealing with fiction.
DOWNLOADABLE GUNS HA HA HA HA HA
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 31, 2018
DOWNLOADABLE GUNS AAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA OMG XD
— Ping of the North (@EmperorPing) July 31, 2018
There are a few more steps and some expensive equipment involved … you don’t just “download” a gun.
I don't believe I heard one truthful thing in this video. Remarkable.
— REALLY!?! ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@OscarGaldona) July 31, 2018
This video is full of inaccuracies, and they seem purposeful.
— Pat (@bruc3_wayn3_) July 30, 2018
I watched about two seconds of that video to realize how full of shit this guy is. I feel the average American will get dumber by watching it.
— Don Hubbell (@DonHubbell2) July 31, 2018
This is a heap of stupidity.
— Just Brad (@bradcundiff) July 31, 2018
I believe you are purposely spreading misinformation. That is appalling.
— KEE (@superbucks2050) July 31, 2018
This is so ignorant and wrong it’s hard to believe it’s real, that people buy this BS, and that a state AG RT’ed it. https://t.co/SalK10rUvy
— John (@johninUT) July 31, 2018
— TexitMachine❌ (@BrowningMachine) July 31, 2018
Good God this is stupid & full of false information. 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️
— ❌ We Are All Trolling ❌ #QFD (@WeGovernUSA) July 31, 2018
— camp002 (@jtc002) July 31, 2018
I thought getting a gun was easier than buying Advil so not sure why they think we need to make our own or why it would be easier.
— Walton (@WaltonBuzzGT) July 31, 2018
Guys, how is this legal?!?!?! pic.twitter.com/Z56dCv0PVM
— Kyle (@703Kyle) July 31, 2018
As soon as I saw "…Because of the Trump administration" I knew this would not be remotely serious and checked out.
— Alex Zelinski (@A_Zelinski) July 31, 2018
Sorry, this is not "because of the Trump admin" that is the most dishonest bait ever. People will share information regardless. You lost all my respect with that one line.
— PancakePatrol (@patrol_pancake) July 31, 2018
Trump did this? You are so silly.
— Vince Child 🐀 (@Svt4Him) July 31, 2018
I've had the DEFCAD Liberator files since 2013. Guess who was POTUS in 2013?
— Howard Roark Laughed (@Major_Skidmark) July 31, 2018
This is a dumb headline, you cant DL a gun. You can print parts from PLANS and it costs like 5 times more then just buying a gun, plus you need the skill to assemble it. DONT BE A DUMMY.
— Brad_d80 (@BradD80) July 31, 2018
“Totally undetectable”? I call #BS. All of the #3Dprinted firearms that I’m aware of still require several metal components to function (firing pins and ammunition at a minimum). This is the same fear mongering that occurred with the introduction of the @GLOCKInc 17 in the ‘80s.
— Bruce Williams (@bdw_indiana) July 31, 2018
The reliability rate is very low, the failure rate is very high. People who fear these things don't understand the product or physics. Also in order to make them reliable there is a significant amount of metal, (real gun parts) necessary so they are completely detectable.
— ❌ Ed ❌ (@Ex_Left_Leaning) July 31, 2018
This isn't true. No 3d printed gun is "fully undetectable." ALL OF THEM still use some metal components, rendering them able to be picked up.
— Taylor🇺🇸 (@Missingnoob74) July 31, 2018
Wrong. The plastic gun needs springs and pins and firing mechanism to work. All made from steel. I guess we forgot to add that to video. Oh and bullets and the cartridge are metal so that will be picked up by metal detectors. The AGs can’t be honest they like to plant fear
— cap coral (@Captcoral) July 31, 2018
You should learn about guns the the process of 3D printing before you start your fear mongering. You cant just print out a full gun you would have to print out each piece of the gun and assemble it. Guess what, you can already buy individual gun parts and assemble them yourself!!
— Karl Jacobs (@kajacobs16) July 31, 2018
A gun can be homemade without being 3D printed this is so misleading
— Randy314 (@Randy314) July 31, 2018
Every liberal acting like making your own guns was only legal 5 seconds ago.
Note to liberals; perhaps use something called “Google” before using anything else to try to “gunsplain” anything gun related to me.
— David Bowman (@deebow66) July 31, 2018
People have been able to manufacture their own guns as long as America has been America. If you want to learn the facts on this issue, and not the Chicken Little tactics from CNN and Alyssa Milano, read this thread:https://t.co/RUpoMxYPXh
— OCpatriot (@OCpatriot123) July 31, 2018
Wait till she sees this….. you can make this pistol with a $10 drill not $1,200 3D printer. pic.twitter.com/LslS7iXhRF
— Brett KEGanaugh (@wrongbucko) July 31, 2018
Complains about "downloadable" "3d printed" guns… shows a machined aluminum receiver that can't be 3d printed.
— Louis Vil LeGun❌ (@LouisvilleGun) July 31, 2018
That video shows an aluminum gun. You can't print aluminum.
— Logan Hamre (@hamre_logan) July 31, 2018
That's not a downloadable gun you dummy! You can't 3d print metal unless you invest damn near close to $200k in a machine that can do that. What criminal let alone normal person has the money for that?! Read up on rapid prototyping. Stop spreading misinformation and lies!
— Bobby Brown (@LibbysGoREEEEEE) July 31, 2018
I'd also like to see the source for these "3D printed AR15s" that are mentioned in the video, because I have a feeling that the vast majority of the gun was actually just a normal AR15 with plastic extras added on, which isn't a 3D printed gun.
— Brian Graham (@Kosh800) July 30, 2018
No one has printed an AR-15, no one, in spite of what this video says. The cartridge pressures are much higher than that of that one-shot Liberator.
Firearms production is already highly regulated. If you don't have a licence to produce, you are criminally liable. Right?
— A.G. Badger (@AG_Badger) July 30, 2018
Let me just 3D print some uranium to construct a nuclear bomb with, if that’s how 3D printers work.
— E.C.H.O. (@EverythingCHO) July 31, 2018
You have no idea what you are talking about. This has already been litigated.
— Ineedabeer (@Whoneedsabeer) July 31, 2018
Everyone also needs to know how dangerous the government is when it steps on the unalienable rights of the people.
— WeGotAProblem🦈 (@wegotaproblemhr) July 31, 2018
I could literally sit here all day and correct inaccurate media reports about 3D printed guns. All day.
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) July 31, 2018
We need to make the internet illegal until we can sort this whole thing out. #burndowntheinternet
— Kandy Randy (@Kandy_Randy) July 30, 2018
MUST READ: Stephen Gutowski DISMANTLES 3-D-printed gun paranoia in FANTASTIC thread https://t.co/lquXGHrpDf
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 31, 2018