42 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 447 (2011-2012)
3D Printers, Obsolete Firearm Supply Controls, and the Right to Build Self-Defense Weapons under Heller

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3D PRINTERS, OBSOLETE FIREARM
SUPPLY CONTROLS, AND THE RIGHT
TO BUILD SELF-DEFENSE WEAPONS
UNDER HELLER
PETER JENSEN-HAXEL
INTRODUCTION
Will the next war be armed with 3D printers? One thing that's for
sure, the cat is out of the bag . . . .
Three-dimensional printers will allow people with no technical
expertise to produce firearms at home. These machines,2 employing a
novel fabrication technique called additive manufacturing (AM), may
seem alien, indeed miraculous.
[I]magine doing this: designing shoes exactly the right size in the style
and colour you want on a computer, or downloading a design from the
web and customising it. Then press print and go off to have lunch
J.D. Candidate, May 2012, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco,
California; B.S. 2009, Biological Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara, College of
Creative Studies. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Maryanne Gerber and Professor
Chester S. Chuang for seeing me off on the long path to publication, David Cheng and Kristina M.
Seil for their careful edits, the Law Review Editorial Board for their tireless work, and our beloved
Dean, Drucilla Ramey, who has, for the past three years, perpetually inspired us.
I Bre Pettis, Deadly Weapons on Thingiverse, THINGIVERSE BLOG (Oct. 3, 2011),
http:/Iblog.thingiverse.com/2011/10/03/deadly-weapons-on-thingiverse/.
2 For a fifteen-minute overview of 3D printing, see Lisa Harouni, A Primer on 3D Printing,
TED (Jan. 2012), www.ted.com/talks/lisaharouni_a_primer-on 3d printing.html.

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