3D-Printed Semiautomatic Pistols Now For Sale

3D-printed Model 1911Sure
it’s a bit of a pricey publicity gimmick, but it’s a cool one—and a
wild example of fast-moving technological progress. What am I
speaking of? Why, surely you’ve heard that Solid Concepts, the
company that developed a
3D-printed, metal, semiautomatic pistol
just months after
Defense Distributed unveiled the
first working 3D-printed firearm
of any sort, will be selling a
limited number of guns made the
politician-scaring way
.

The Solid Concepts announcement is almost literally a blast from
the past, since the guns it’s making and selling through the
high-tech process are Model 1911s, developed by John Browning a
century ago. It’s a good design and, importantly, now in the public
domain, which is why it’s produced by many companies through
traditional means, as well as, now, by 3D printing.

From
Solid Concepts
:

Solid Concepts will release a limited run of 1911 3D Printed
metal guns for purchase; we will only manufacture 100 of these
limited edition 3D Printed metal guns. The limited run 1911 3D
Printed metal guns will be built and serialized with the option of
unique customization using our Additive Metal Manufacturing
technology. Each 3D Printed gun will be manufactured with Inconel
625 and Stainless Steel components. Post machining and hand
polishing will complete the manufacturing process and each
assembled pistol will undergo 100 rounds of test firing. We are
offering buyers the chance to tour our Texas facility and watch
their gun being printed with the added benefit of joining our lead
additive manufacturing engineers on the range for the first test
firing of the buyers’ limited 1911 gun.

The company says the first pistol manufactured through this
process has fired nearly 2,000 rounds so far, so you can expect
yours to last. That’s a good thing, because a 3D-printed Model 1911
will set you back $11,900. That’s just a tad—a big tad—more than
you’ll pay for similar pistols made the traditional way.

But think of the cool factor.

Of course, it’ll be even cooler to make your own guns at
home.

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Verizon Joins Tech Companies in Producing Government Data Demand Transparency Reports

"Can you hear me now? Good. Here's who else who can hear you."Several tech and social
media companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter have begun
producing regular transparency reports to provide as much
information that they can (which isn’t much) about requests or
demands for user information from government agencies.

Telecom companies, though, have largely been silent and
cooperative partners with the government, and they’ve been catching
flak for it from some security and privacy activists. Today Verizon
announced they will start producing their own transparency reports.
From
Security Week
:

Verizon on Thursday said it would publish a report that would
disclose data on the number of law enforcement requests it received
for customer information in 2013 in the United States and other
nations in which it does business.

Verizon’s transparency report will identify the total number of
law enforcement agency requests received from government
authorities in criminal cases, the telecommunications giant
said.

The report will also break out user data by category such as
subpoenas, court orders and warrants. Verizon will also provide
other details about the legal demands it receives, as well as
information about requests for information in emergencies.

Verizon said the first report would come in early 2014, with
updates being published semi-annually.

Though this move was probably in the planning for a while, it’s
probably worth noting that the Verizon was the telecom service
whose customers’ data collection
Monday’s NSA ruling
addressed.

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Watch Nick Gillespie on Stossel, Talking “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” in 2013!

I’m on a special episode of John Stossel’s eponymous Fox
Business show tonight. Along with the Cato Institute’s David Boaz
and Independent Women’s Forum Sabrina Schaeffer, I’ll be discussing
“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of 2013’s political and cultural
developments.

The show airs tonight at 9pm ET and will run again on Fox News
on Sunday at 10pm ET. Follow on Twitter at the hashtag #goodbadugly
and tag @FBNStossel. For more details,
go here now
.

Here’s a web exclusive from the show, where we all talk about
the role of the media as cheerleaders for Obamacare. Take a
look!

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Watch Nick Gillespie on Stossel, Talking "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" in 2013!

I’m on a special episode of John Stossel’s eponymous Fox
Business show tonight. Along with the Cato Institute’s David Boaz
and Independent Women’s Forum Sabrina Schaeffer, I’ll be discussing
“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of 2013’s political and cultural
developments.

The show airs tonight at 9pm ET and will run again on Fox News
on Sunday at 10pm ET. Follow on Twitter at the hashtag #goodbadugly
and tag @FBNStossel. For more details,
go here now
.

Here’s a web exclusive from the show, where we all talk about
the role of the media as cheerleaders for Obamacare. Take a
look!

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New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage Constitutional, NYC Gym Teacher Claims Being Discriminated Against for Being Heterosexual, Transgendered Model to Feature in Elle Canada: P.M. Links

  • not a kardashianThe remaining imprisoned members of Pussy Riot
    are two of the thousands of Russians
    released
    or expected to be released after the passage of an
    amnesty law in the country. Meanwhile in the land of the free,
    President Obama
    commuted
    the sentence of eight people convicted of
    crack-cocaine offenses who had each spent at least 15 years in jail
    already.
  • Hillary Clinton says she will make a
    decision
    on running for president again sometime next
    year.
  • Moody’s
    downgraded
    the debt outlook for New Jersey from stable to
    negative over concerns about its ballooning pension obligations,
    despite Chris Christie’s efforts at reform.
  • New Mexico’s Supreme Court
    ruled
    the state could not prohibit same-sex marriages.
  • The city of Cleveland
    settled
    for $6,750 with a gun owner who accused the police
    department of seizing his firearm despite there being no charges
    filed against him.
  • A gym teacher at a private school in New York City
    claims
    in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against for his
    heterosexual lifestyle.
  • A transgendered model previously disqualified from
    participating in the Miss Universe competition for being born a man
    will
    feature
    in a photo spread for an upcoming issue of
    Elle Canada. She will also star in a reality show called
    Brave New Girls airing on E! Canada.

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Brian Doherty Says Colorado's New Gun Laws Didn't Stop the Shooting

Pistol

Colorado’s gun laws made the news last week following a shooting
at Arapahoe High School in the city of Centennial. One student was
injured in an 80-second attack involving five gunshots and one
Molotov cocktail. Shooter Karl Pierson then killed himself with a
12-gauge pump action shotgun that he had legally purchased (As an
18-year-old he would not have been able to legally purchase a
handgun). He was reported to have been cornered by an armed deputy
on the school grounds before the suicide.

Pierson exhibited no known “warning signs.” He was a debater, a
track runner, strongly anti-Republican and anti-free market. There
was no easy or obvious way to mark him as a person who needed to be
kept away from guns. Some thought he seemed “weird” at times, he
was bullied a bit, and he went to Bible study. In other words,
writes Brian Doherty, he was just like many, many thousands of
other American teenagers. Better eyes, better programs, better laws
could not have prevented this particular shooting from
happening.

View this article.

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Brian Doherty Says Colorado’s New Gun Laws Didn’t Stop the Shooting

Pistol

Colorado’s gun laws made the news last week following a shooting
at Arapahoe High School in the city of Centennial. One student was
injured in an 80-second attack involving five gunshots and one
Molotov cocktail. Shooter Karl Pierson then killed himself with a
12-gauge pump action shotgun that he had legally purchased (As an
18-year-old he would not have been able to legally purchase a
handgun). He was reported to have been cornered by an armed deputy
on the school grounds before the suicide.

Pierson exhibited no known “warning signs.” He was a debater, a
track runner, strongly anti-Republican and anti-free market. There
was no easy or obvious way to mark him as a person who needed to be
kept away from guns. Some thought he seemed “weird” at times, he
was bullied a bit, and he went to Bible study. In other words,
writes Brian Doherty, he was just like many, many thousands of
other American teenagers. Better eyes, better programs, better laws
could not have prevented this particular shooting from
happening.

View this article.

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Even Massachusetts Is Having Trouble With Its Obamacare Exchange

How difficult was it to
successfully build and launch one Obamacare’s health insurance
exchanges? So difficult that the one state that had already built a
functional health insurance exchange couldn’t do it. Via
Politico, Massachusetts has
struggled to get its new exchange technology to work
properly
:

Massachusetts created a Romneycare-inspired template for
President Barack Obama’s health reform effort. Now, as the Bay
State is struggling to upgrade for the Obamacare era, its
enrollment system is buckling under technical glitches like those
that hobbled HealthCare.gov.

State officials are increasingly concerned that thousands of
Massachusetts residents seeking coverage are lost in a wilderness
of misfiled applications and cybermalfunctions. Now, they’re moving
ahead with a labor-intensive backup plan aimed at making sure that
no one loses coverage when Obamacare starts in January.

Part of the problem here seems to be that Massachusetts relied
on CGI, the same contractor that botched the federal system, to
build its new exchange.

Even so, this further undercuts the popular notion that
Obamacare is working in the states that weren’t opposed to its
goals, and the related idea that if Republican governors had just
agreed to build exchanges on their own. Yes, officials in
Massachusetts asked for some exemptions from the law’s exchange
requirements. But its political class was not broadly politically
opposed to the Obamacare project, its goals, or its methods. The
same goes for Maryland, Oregon, and Vermont which have also had
significant troubles getting their health insurance exchanges to
work smoothly.

Back in September, I noted that prior to Obamacare, the
Massachusetts exchange didn’t attempt
some of the more complex real-time functionality
that the
federal health law required. 

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Obama Frees Clarence Aaron and Seven Other Drug Offenders Sentenced Under Old Crack Law

As J.D. Tuccille
noted
earlier this afternoon, President Obama
issued
eight commutations today, which is eight times the
number he had issued in the first 59 months of his administration.
The best-known prisoner who will be freed as a result of today’s
clemency actions is Clarence
Aaron
, who was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in
1993 for his role in arranging a cocaine deal. Aaron’s case
received a lot of publicity recently thanks to reporting by
ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer, who
revealed
that his clemency petition probably would have been
granted by George W. Bush if the Office of the Pardon Attorney had
not omitted important information from its evaluation.

Another commutation beneficiary, Stephanie George, received a
life sentence in 1997 for letting her boyfriend stash his crack at
her house. New York Times reporter John Tierney

highlighted
her case in a front-page story last December.
Thanks to Obama’s commutations, Aaron and George will both be
released next April instead of spending the rest of their lives
behind bars.

All of the prisoners whose sentences Obama has shortened
(including
Eugenia Jennings
, whose petition was granted in 2011) were
convicted of crack offenses prior to passage of the Fair Sentencing
Act, the 2009 law that reduced penalties for possessing and
distributing the smoked form of cocaine. That law, which passed
Congress almost unanimously, reflected a consensus that the old
penalties were inappropriately harsh, but it did not apply
retroactively. It should therefore be a no-brainer to shorten the
prison terms of crack offenders sentenced under the old rules,
which virtually everyone now agrees were unjust. Families Against
Mandatory Minimums estimates there are 8,800 such prisoners. As of
today, Obama has used his clemency power to help 0.1 percent of
them.

Obama nevertheless deserves credit for acting, albeit belatedly
and timidly, on his avowed belief that thousands of people in
federal prison do not belong there. In addition to issuing these
commutations, he has endorsed the Smarter
Sentencing Act
, a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) that would allow some crack offenders
convicted before 2009 to seek shorter sentences. But as Obama
demonstrated today, he does not have to wait for congressional
action. It is completely within his power to free any federal
prisoner whose sentence he deems unjust. If he exercises that power
a little more, he will not be in danger of going down in history as
the
least merciful president ever
.

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Of Ducks and Gays and Tolerance

The advantages of classical liberal market cosmopolitanism–the
idea that it’s best to set aside peaceful differences of opinion
and creed and worries about different races, nationalities, and
genders when deciding how we interact with the world–has a great
track record of making us all richer and happier.

The idea that that people should be punished with boycott or
losing their jobs over having wrong beliefs hobbles the flowering
of tolerant classical liberal market cosmopolitanism.

There may have been a good reason why classical tolerance of
expression was summed up in the epigram: “I disagree with what you
say, but will defend to the death your right to say it!”

That has a different feel than: “I disagree with what you
say, I think you are evil for having said it,
I
 think no one should associate with
you and you ought to lose your livelihood, and anyone who doesn’t
agree with me about all that is skating on pretty thin ice as well,
but hey, I don’t think you should be arrested for it.”

A stern insistence on boycotting or refusing any truck or barter
with those who hold different beliefs or practice different ways of
life (peacefully) does not directly implicate specifically
libertarian questions about rights or freedom. No one’s freedom in
the true libertarian sense is harmed by people trying to drive them
from society or the market because of their beliefs or creed as
long as it is done through mere refusal to associate, or advocacy
of refusal to associate. We have no right for others to do business
with us or to tolerate our beliefs or practices as long as said
intolerance does not turn to violence.

But regularly acting on the idea that those with wrong ideas
deserve to be driven from society in any conceivable non-violent
way might, I suggest, make for a less lovable, rich, and peaceful
world. When we start regularly restricting people’s opportunities
in commerce or association over differing beliefs, what could be
peaceful ideological differences start to tip over into people
fighting for what they can understandably see as their metaphorical
life–their social or economic life. It’s a dangerous game and if
pursued vigorously and across the board by everyone who disagrees
with everyone else on issues or practices they consider vital, will
make everyone worse off.

Centuries after the Enlightenment, most people’s notions of
“free thought and expression” still amount to: it’s OK to think and
express OK things. It’s a limited view that can lead to a less
varied, vital, and livable culture.

Jonathan Rauch wrote on these issues of
true liberal tolerance of differing opinion
in the December
issue of Reason

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