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January 30, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 30, 2014

“While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.” — U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello, in a ruling in favor of keeping Connecticut’s post-Sandy Hook gun laws on the books.

Longtime Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) is retiring from Congress after 20 terms, but his potential replacement is already a household name: Rush Limbaugh’s sworn enemy, Sandra Fluke, is “strongly considering” running for the seat.

All that vodka drinking isn’t helping Russian men—according to a new study, it’s affecting their life expectancy severely.

Like Amazon Prime? Hope you like it a lot, because Amazon’s talking about raising the price significantly.

Signs Pope Francis is a rock star: He’s on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

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July 29, 2013
If you take a family photo like this, you’re probably running for governor in Colorado like State Sen. Greg Brophy (second from right).
EDIT: His campaign website is actually pretty cool and reflects his love of cycling in a clever way. Surprisingly, guns are buried further down the page. Why couldn’t he have taken a cool family photo with everyone riding bikes?

If you take a family photo like this, you’re probably running for governor in Colorado like State Sen. Greg Brophy (second from right).

EDIT: His campaign website is actually pretty cool and reflects his love of cycling in a clever way. Surprisingly, guns are buried further down the page. Why couldn’t he have taken a cool family photo with everyone riding bikes?

1:02 // 8 months ago
May 30, 2013
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May 9, 2013

The State Department has asked Defense Distributed to take down its controversial 3D-printed gun blueprint. “I immediately complied and I’ve taken down the files,” said the group’s Cody Wilson. “But this is a much bigger deal than guns. It has implications for the freedom of the web.”

19:28 // 11 months ago
May 8, 2013
This has definitely been our most well-received download. I don’t think any of us predicted it would be this much.
Defense Distributed-affiliated developer Haroon Khalid • Discussing the success of the controversial group’s 3D-printed gun blueprints, which have been downloaded 100,000 times since they were released over the weekend. The distribution method isn’t without controversy, either: The group’s files are being hosted on Kim Dotcom’s Mega service. One member of Congress, Rep. Steve Israel, wants to ban such devices.
19:25 // 11 months ago
May 4, 2013
Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser. …Now that this technology appears to be upon us, we need to act now to extend the ban on plastic firearms.
New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel • Calling for a ban on plastic firearms fashioned through the use of 3D printers. The first wholly 3D-printed gun has been produced by Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas, who gave Forbes magazine an inside look at its production. The blue and white colored plastic gun, which looks a great deal more like a toy than a potentially lethal weapon, has been named “the Liberator” by Wilson, who runs a company that intends to release the CAD (computer-aided design) file for the do-it-yourself gun online, free for all. Which means with a 3D printer (available for just $1,300 or so these days), and a modicum of practice, whatever background check system the U.S. does have, however spotty, might be circumvented entirely. Rep. Israel urgently wants this avoided, by an expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, to include passages specific to 3D-printed guns. source
16:20 // 11 months ago
April 17, 2013
17:11 // 1 year ago

The bipartisan background check legislation revealed last week may not make it out of the Senate after all. More Info:

  • Last Week proponents of gun control were celebrating a major victory in the Senate after numerous Republicans crossed party lines to end debate on a Senate proposal which would require background checks for firearms sold online or at gun shows.
  • Today things aren’t looking so great for the proposed expanding of the nation’s background check requirements, with Democrats reporting a lack of success in convincing at least 9 members of the Republican party to support the proposal. Of course, even if it makes it out of the Senate, few have high hopes for the background check legislation in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. source
16:20 // 1 year ago