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New Plastic Gun Threat May Lead to Legislation

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Defense Distributed has used a plastic casting technology to facilitate printing an untraceable gun using a 3D printer. The group plans to post the blueprints for making the gun online so that any citizen can readily have a gun. The company intends to test how governments will react when they realize that any citizen can have easy access to a gun online.

A replica of the plastic gun can be made by buying a 3D printer for under $1000, downloading the blueprints for the “Liberator” gun, printing the pieces and assembling them. The ramifications are frightening for security attempting to detect illegal weapons at customer checkpoints. The Liberator looks like a miniature snubnose 38 with a short stubby plastic handle. The weapon can fire bullets like any other gun. Currently, legislators are working on ways to keep these easily created guns off the streets.

Even if the government could control the use of a 3D printed gun through licensing, there is a practical problem of detecting the weapon at checkpoints like railways, airports, schools, public arenas and virtually any place where large numbers of people congregate. In addition, the 3D printed guns must be tested by law enforcement to assess their capability and comparability to guns with a predetermined amount of metal in the manufacturing process.

Until legislation is drafted to restrict plastic gun replication, the most practical avenue of recourse is to prohibit websites from printing the instructions to manufacture them. The main enforcement mechanism for restricting the replication of these plastic guns must be the various providers of internet services.

Legislators can go further by requiring manufacturers of 3D printers to include smart chips which seek printing permission licensing keys in response to commands to print instructions for assembling plastic or paper guns. In this way, only law enforcement could utilize the 3D technology for reproducing paper or plastic weapons.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
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