103 Ky. L.J. 433 (2014-2015)
Busting the Ghost Guns A Technical, Statutory, and Practical Approach to the 3-D Printed Weapon Problem

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     Busting the Ghost Guns: A Technical, Statutory, and
  Practical   Approach to the 3-D Printed Weapon Problem

                               Katherine E. Beyer'

                               INTRODUCTION

    The  2012 Aurora  movie  theatre shooting, the 2012 Clackamas, Oregon  mall
 shooting, the 2012 Sandy  Hook   Elementary  School shooting, the 2013  Chino,
 California school shooting, the 2013 Santa Monica, California shooting, and the
 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting-what do all of these events have in
 common?   Each   of  these mass-shooting   incidents involved  the  use  of an
 AR-15-style assault rifle.2 Over fifty people in the last year were senselessly killed
 in these mass-shootings involving this particular weapon.' Political leaders from all
 over the country called for stricter gun control in the wake of these tragedies, but
 they were left with a stymied  and  unresponsive Congress.'  No  real reply has
 addressed the growing concerns and heated gun  control debate. But, the solution
 may not be as easy as some think: a huge technological revolution has the potential
 to repudiate and render obsolete gun laws as they stand today.
    As if the use of the same  weapon  in these mass-shootings  is not shocking
enough,  technology has now  evolved to the point where computer users can make
parts of  these rifles in their own  home   with  the use  of three-dimensional
(hereinafter 3-D) printing. A printer costing as little as $1,000 can now print the
lower receiver of the AR-15 rifle, which is the part of the gun that houses all of its

    ' University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D. Candidate May 2015; University of Virginia, B.A. in
English and Foreign Affairs 2012.
   2 See Ben Brumfield, Navy Yard Shooting: AR-15, Back in the News - Briefly, CNN,
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/17/us/ar-15-gun-debate (last updated Sept. 17, 2013, 8:59 AM);
Samantha Tata, Nyree Arabian & Tony Shin, Child Fires Officer's Ritle at Elementary School,
NBCLA.coM   (Oct. 24, 2013, 4:47 AM), http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Chino-Newman-
Elementary-School-Safety-Demonstration-Weapon-Gun-Misfires-Injures-228984301.html.
     See Katy Hall, Ethan Fedida & Jan Diehm, There Have Been More Mass Shootings Since
Newtown Than You've Heard About (INFOGRAPHIC), HUFF POST: CRIME (Nov. 11, 2013, 4:19
PM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/mass-shootings-2013_n-3941889.html; Aviva Shen,
A Timeline of Mass Shootings in the US Since Columbine, THINK PROGRESS (Dec. 19, 2012, 8:19
AM), http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/14/1337221/a%ADtimeline%ADofAdmass%ADshoo
tings%ADin%ADtheADusADsince%ADcolumbine/1/12.
   4 See Jonathan Weisman, Senate Blocks Drive for Gun Control, N.Y. TIMES, Apr. 17, 2013,
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/us/politics/senate-obama-gun-control.html?pagewanted=al&_r=
1&.


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