The Constitution says that Congress cannot pass a law that infringes on the right to keep or bear arms. On December Third, Congress defied the amendment and passed a law that infringed on that right—The Undetectable Firearms Act.
Eleanor Clift is happy that Congress violated the Second Amendment but she is not happy they were not thorough enough. She writes in the Daily Beast,
The bad news for advocates of gun safety is that the law does not take into account technological advances that allow the creation, with a 3-D printer, of plastic guns that don’t rely on metal and can evade metal detectors. As the law stands, a metal piece is required, but nothing is said about the permanence or the functionality of the metal. With the advent of technology, someone could easily insert a small metal pin to align with the law, remove it as necessary to pass through security, and still have a fully functioning weapon to carry onto a plane.
If that sounds alarmist, think again. In April, a man managed to enter the Knesset under just such a scenario to bring a plastic gun within feet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In May, libertarian-leaning Cody Wilson, a law student in Texas and founder of Defense Distributed, released a blueprint for a plastic gun that can be downloaded from the Internet. An admirer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Wilson says the plastic gun is a “Wiki Weapon” that he calls “The Liberator.” He believes that the right to create and carry firearms is unrestricted. (The Pentagon scrubbed the blueprint from the Internet three days later, but not before 100,000 copies were downloaded.)
So what does it mean if people can sneak guns into areas? It means that bodyguards and security guards are going to have to be vigilant. They are going to have to stop assuming that there is a way to make a “safe” area use of a few metal detectors.
It means that there is not technological short cuts available to the powerful to make them safe.
The early weapons are low-tech. On his Terminal Cornucopia website—and in hilarious talks at security conferences—he shows how magazine-and-fridge-magnet “Chucks of Liberty” nunchucks can shatter a coconut, and a crossbow (“Cerrsberr”) made from umbrella ribs can put an arrow through a watermelon.
But some weapons pose what seems like a genuine threat. “That really only happened recently,” says Booth. He realized that airport stores sell lithium metal batteries, which, when combined with water, create a chemical reaction with enough heat to explode a bottle of Axe. This is what powers his “Blunderbussiness Class” shotgun, which he demonstrates shooting $1.33 in pocket change through a piece of drywall, as well as his “Fraguccino” thermos grenade. “Right now if I wanted to build something very potent, I would probably go toward lithium,” says Booth.
There is no technological “fix” for gun safety. And there is no legal way to make such a fix exist. Instead of a society of disarmed sheep, politicians and pundits should want an armed and responsible populace who can defend themselves and one another. That would be a society that was safer from gun crime.