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  •  a digital trail to what--the gun that can't be (1+ / 0-)
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    traced back to you?

    THAT is the real advantage to it, not the low-detectability (who wants to rob people on an airplane anyway?).

    You can download it, get your barrel, rob a gas station with it, and drop it in the trash. Even if the cops find it (how many trash barrels are there in the city?), they can't trace it to you anyway. Unless they get DNA or prints off it (and have yours on file), in which case the paper trail no longer matters.

    •  They recover the gun... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...take it apart, then consult with Shapeways. You're busted.

      And why go to all that trouble for a throwaway gun? Maybe it'll be cheap in 30 years, but not now.

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      by JeffW on Mon May 06, 2013 at 11:31:10 PM PDT

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    •  More to the point: You can engage in a political (0+ / 0-)

      act of terror/freedom (depending).

      Even more to the point: You create an awareness that you can engage in a political act of terro/freedom.

      Or, of course, you can just keep it around for self-defense.
      In that case, it probably doesn't matter how many shots it can fire, or fi somebody could trace it back to you: it's in your possession and isn't likely to ever be fired.

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      by dinotrac on Tue May 07, 2013 at 02:13:26 AM PDT

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