Annotated Bibliography

Estes, Adam. “3D-Printed Guns Are Only Getting Better, and

     Scarier.” Gizmodo. N.p., 6 Jan. 2015. Web. 05 Nov. 2015.

Gunsmithing as a trade is definitely quite difficult, and takes alot of skill and practice to make a reliable weapon. The laws that are set in place definitely bank on the fact that the average American does not possess the skills to make a weapon. These laws, although set to uphold the second amendment, did not account for the new technology that we, as consumers, have access to today. With the tech being the way that it is, anyone with any skill set can download a blueprint for a gun, and print it. All you need is the correct printer and the right material cartridge. It amazes me that it can be done, but there needs to be some sort of control or regulation on this process. The ATF has rules set in place for citizens to purchase a firearm. These background checks look for felonies or histories of mental illness. Now citizens can just bypass the background check and print themselves a weapon.

Puyvelde, Damien. “The Next Big Gun Debate: 3-D Printed

     Firearms.” The National Interest. N.p., 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 Nov.


It talks about keeping a balance of power between the people and the government. Steele says that the balance can be kept by keeping everything open sourced. That pretty much means freedom of information. Using that as the whole premise of this argument, it would be legal to share blueprints and information on how to design and print a firearm. I disagree. I think that the ability to print, and possess a firearm without any background check (looking for mental illness or felonies) should be illegal. We, as citizens, have the right to bear arms, but there are a series of checks that we must go through in order to get them. These checks are there to protect the well-being of the United States and the people in it. The ability to print guns legally is a security issue mainly because anyone can do it, and it requires no skill to do so. This is why I feel that the ability to 3d print guns should be legal, contingent upon the fact that blueprints are at least set up with a background checking system to download them.

Welsh, Teresa. United States News. N.p., 6 May 2013. Web. 5 Nov.

     2015. <


This article talks about the first printed gun in history. A 25 year old lawstudent set out to make a fully functioning firearm, made entirely of plastic (except for the metal nail used as a firing pin). The Undetectable Firearms Act talks about the requirements of at least 6oz of steel in the printed guns so that it can still be detected by metal detectors. The nonprofit organization aims for overcompliance of the law, so they decided to put in the blueprints things to make the gun detectable by many different measures.

Lipson, Hod, and Melba Kurman. “The next Front in the Gun Control

     Debate — How to Handle 3D Printed Guns | Fox News.” Fox News.

     FOX News Network, 13 Feb. 2013. Web. 07 Nov. 2015.



Criminals that embrace the printed gun technology poses a huge threat to the citizens of the United States. With the guns being made entirely of plastic, the metal detectors do not go off and therefore they can bring the guns into secured areas. Even the best of laws become oblivious if they are not updated to keep up with technology. With gunpowder being a simple chemical concoction that can be made at home, the threat of these guns and the ammo that they make is very real.

Satell, Greg. “What We Should Do About 3D Printed Guns.” Forbes.

    Forbes Magazine, 21 May 2013. Web. 07 Nov. 2015.



Our means of force need to update with the technology as well as the laws that are written to enforce them. The additional threats that these guns are bringing to the United States calls for a reevaluation of National Security and how we are protecting ourselves from terrorism. The guns can be made abstract shapes so that they are not picked up by screening machines, making them even harder to be detected. Laws need to be written to regulate these plastic guns.

Titlow, John. “How 3D Printing Is Inflaming The Gun Control

     Debate.” Readwrite. N.p., 29 Aug. 2012. Web.



The second amendment allows for the right to bear arms, however when it was written, noone could imagine plastic guns to be a thing. This adds a whole new perspective to the gun debate. Defense Distributed raised 20,000$ to fund the printer required for the project of creating the first printed gun. It doesnt violate the right to make your own arms, but it violates the Undetectable Firearm Act of 1988

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  1. Chris, these are all secondary sources. You have no scholarly or peer-reviewed sources. That’ll be important for you and a requirement of the project.

    You may not find anything scholarly specifically on 3D printed guns, but you’ll find plenty of peer-reviewed work around the 2nd Amendment issues. I’d strongly encourage you to look through law review articles via Lexis-Nexis.

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