Cody Wilson is the man behind the world’s first fully 3D-printed handgun and is the founder of the organization Defense Distributed. He is now selling a machine priced at $1,299, which could make semi-automatic weapons that are untraceable.
Wilson is calling it “The Ghost Gunner.” This rifle could be made without any regulatory procedures in place at all. Wilson is a self-identified gun rights activist and anarchist, who is a supporter for 3D printing technology for making firearms.
The Ghost Gunner uses something called CNC milling technology that is designed to produce a lower receiver for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. This is a piece which acts as foundation for a gun. Technically it is the component of the gun that is classified as a weapon.
The website suggests starting with an “80% lower,” which are easily obtainable, rather than using a aluminium block. The lower receivers are about 80% finished and apparently with a few changes, they can be made ready for use.
The Ghost Gunner’s website says, “Just follow a few simple instructions to mount your 80% lower receiver, tighten a couple screws (with simple tools we provide), and on day one, Ghost Gunner can help you legally manufacture unserialized firearms in the comfort of your own home.”
Guns, which don’t have serial numbers, are known as “ghost guns” by gun control advocates. This is where the name Ghost Gunner no doubt comes from. The selling of unlicensed gun bodies is illegal, but manufacturing them, according to Defense Distributed, is not illegal.
The Ghost Gunner is a stand against “statist” politicians who fear weapons and advocate for gun control. Wilson said in an interview with Wired. “Our strategy is to literalize and reify their nightmare, to give them the world they’re talking about,” he said.
With no waiting period and no background checks, the Ghost Gunner is proving to be popular. The machine is in its’ third round of sales and sold out again. The response has been “incredible” and “overwhelming,” according to the product’s blog, and it is not surprising that the Ghost Gunner’s price has increased from $999.
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