Weapons

Torrented 3D-printed gun blueprints shows Internet can’t be silenced

Torrented 3D-printed gun blueprints shows Internet can’t be silenced

In case you missed it, yesterday the Department of Defense went after the much-publicized "The Liberator" 3D-printed gun, which has been successfully tested and can be created entirely (with the exception of the firing pin) with ABS plastic and a 3D printer. According to the US Department of Defense Trade Controls, the company responsible for the gun - Defense Distributed - could have violated the International Traffic in Arms Regulation by distributing the CAD file without authorization under the Arms Export Control Act. As a result, the file was pulled the same day it went live, but not after having been downloaded over 100,000 times. Now it has reached torrent websites, and there's no taking it back.

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Department of Defense gives banhammer to 3D-printed gun blueprints

Department of Defense gives banhammer to 3D-printed gun blueprints

It was the summer of 2012 when the first news of a 3D-printed gun surfaced, an assault rifle-style .22 that appeared on a message board devoted to the love of firearms. That weapon was believed to be the first 3D-printed gun successfully fired, but its fame was short lived, with The Liberator having caught popular attention soon after for being the first fully 3D-printed firearm. After being successfully fired, the company behind it - Defense Distributed - released the blueprints for anyone to download, something the Department of Defense has already stymied.

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EA no longer paying gun makers for naming rights

EA no longer paying gun makers for naming rights

In an effort to slowly cut ties with various gun and weapon manufacturers, it's reported that Electronic Arts will stop paying gun makers for the privilege of using real gun names in their video games, but will still continue to use real names without paying for the naming rights, saying that they retain the right to depict real guns without a license.

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Researchers discover correlation between bullet speed and number of cracks in glass

Researchers discover correlation between bullet speed and number of cracks in glass

Scientists and researchers at Aix-Marseille University have conducted a study that claims there is a correlation between a bullet's speed and the number of cracks in a glass window where the bullet went through. After shooting at over 100 plexiglass plates, the researchers have concluded that the number of cracks tells us something about how fast the bullet penetrated through.

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Law student creates world’s first fully 3D-printed gun

Law student creates world’s first fully 3D-printed gun

We've heard plenty of stories about 3D-printed guns in the past, but a 25-year-old law student has just created what is the world's first fully 3D-printed gun. It's certainly nothing fantastic to look at (it looks like a squirt gun), but the creator of the gun, Cody Wilson, calls it "the Liberator," so it must be pretty intimidating.

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Fact: Gun manufacturers make money from SOME video games

Fact: Gun manufacturers make money from SOME video games

As we enter February of 2013 we're finding ourselves inundated with news about gun violence in the USA with special focus on school shootings and how this all relates to video games - and today one gun manufacturer has made one perfectly clear connection between the two. Not a connection between gun violence in the shooting of human beings and video games, or between this man's firearms and the murder of innocent victims, but between his business and the video game industry. In one simple affirmation, Ralph Vaughn of Barrett Rifles has shown how cash flows from one to the other.

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DNA tagging bullets mark criminal suspects for arrest

DNA tagging bullets mark criminal suspects for arrest

Let's say a criminal suspect is on the run, and as a police officer, you begin to chase them down. You then realize you can't keep up with them, so you pull out a specially-made gun and fire a DNA tagging bullet at them. They're non-lethal, but the pellets leave a mark on the suspect that lasts for weeks, and it can help authorities identify suspects the easy way.

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Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Due to the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, the topic of gun violence and gun control has reached an all-time high. Many lawmakers are blaming violent video games as the culprit, while others think that we just need stricter gun control policies. Vice President Joe Biden will be addressing these kinds of concerns tomorrow during a Google+ Hangout at 1:45 PM ET.

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Missouri lawmaker wants to levy tax on violent video games

Missouri lawmaker wants to levy tax on violent video games

Gun control and violent video games have been a hot topic recently. Ever since the shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, critics have put blame on violent video games as the source of violent behavior by teenagers and young adults. And now, a Missouri lawmaker is proposing a new bill that would levy a 1% tax on the sale of violent video games.

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TrackingPoint XactSystem precision-guided rifle system hands-on

TrackingPoint XactSystem precision-guided rifle system hands-on

Here at ShowStoppers during CES 2013, TrackingPoint is showing off a next-generation rifle/scope combo that includes some amazing technology that we've never seen before in a firearm. The company had the rifle and scope on display, and we ended up checking it out for ourselves to see what kind of features and high-tech goodies that it offers.

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Portal gun replica signed by Valve being auctioned for charity

Portal gun replica signed by Valve being auctioned for charity

Donating to charity is always a good thing to do, but what if you got something in return? How about a Portal gun replica that's signed by the entire Valve team? Games Art And Music (GAAM) is auctioning a full-size replica of the Portal gun with signatures plastered all over it on eBay, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to charity.

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EA gives weapons manufacturers the boot from Warfighter website

EA gives weapons manufacturers the boot from Warfighter website

Electronic Arts made waves throughout the gaming community when it started showcasing real-world weapons in marketing for Medal of Honor: Warfighter, but today the publisher is beginning to distance itself from its relationship with arms makers. Originally, the Medal of Honor: Warfighter website displayed the logos of various arms manufacturers along with links their products, allowing players to browse guns, knives, and other combat gear. While those logos are still present on the Warfighter website, the links have been removed.

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