Wired Magazine Fears The Ghost Gun Machine, Do You?

The folks at Wired are afeared, afeared of a man named Cody Wilson who dared design a Ghost Gun Milling Machine that will cost around $1500.  Being the good little statist sycophants they are, Wired echoes the sentiment of the state’s greatest fear, anonymity (see here for how we covered that fear).  The article includes a quote from a rabid gun grabber from California, State Senator Kevin De Leon.  Their fear tastes delicious with my breakfast.


On Sunday, Wilson’s gun rights advocacy group, Defense Distributed, announced a new release of software for his computer-controlled milling machine known as the Ghost Gunner. The new code allows the 1-foot-cubed tabletop machine—which uses a spinning bit to carve three-dimensional shapes with minute precision—to not only produce untraceable bodies of AR-15s but to carve out the aluminum frame of an M1911 handgun, the popular class of semiautomatic pistols that includes the Colt 45 and similar weapons. Wilson says he plans to follow up soon with software for producing regulation-free Glocks and other handgun models to follow.

Wilson’s goal now, he says, is to do for small arms what Defense Distributed did for AR-15s when it first released the $1,500 Ghost Gunner milling machine exactly three years ago to the day: Give people the ability to make a lethal weapon at home with no regulation whatsoever…….

With little more than a software file, Defense Distributed has made its anarchic, DIY path to gun ownership available for a class of weapon that’s both more concealable and used far more often in violent crimes than the large, semiautomatic rifles its gunmaking machine produced in the past. “The whole cypherpunk attitude of total gun privacy is more coherent in this smaller package,” says Wilson, referring to the group whose first libertarian adherents in the 1990s advocated gun rights, encryption, and other technologies designed to hamstring government surveillance. “Now you can have a private 1911 or a private Glock, and it’s at the level of automated manufacturing.”……..

“The ghost gun threat is real and growing,” says Kevin De Leon, the California state senator who introduced the statewide ghost gun ban. “Are they being made by gang members? Are they being manufactured to sell to individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms? Technologies that make it possible for the general public to manufacture guns raise serious questions.”