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TSA agents nab 3D-printed handgun part at New York's LaGuardia Airport

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Transportation Security Administration stopped a man with 3D-printed handgun part in his carry-on baggage at LaGuardia Airport. The traveler from Kansas was stopped at a security checkpoint with the weapon. The item included the trigger and body of the gun. (www.cbsnews.com) 기타...

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a1brainiac
TSA still has my nail clippers
BDaleR
A small sacrifice for all the lives they saved by confiscating it.
racers7
Sarcasm looks good all typed out like that.... neat and readable. Lol
I still like the comment though!
Bernie20910
Last flight I took... I snuck an emery board past them. Shhh, don't tell them!
jfflyboy
jfflyboy 10
It’s not a handgun part. It’s a “lower” for a rifle. Likely an AR type firearm. It’s cast, not 3D printed. If you know anything about firearms, this is a VERY common starting point to buy and build up your own rifle. BUT it’s takes around 50 others parts to complete. The the trigger and firing pin system alone need specialty gun smithing tools and a vice to assemble. This person likely picked it up at a gun show or gun show believing that it, in no way, would be a problem to fly with. Which, in reality, shouldn’t be a problem. The TSA, in no way, saved anyone or stopped any form of illegal activity. Security theater...
SmittySmithsonite
Well said, jfflyboy.

What is he going to do with it ... THROW it at someone? The misinformation in the mainstream media is sickening. A total non-story that CBS took and ran with. The same logic that shuts down entire schools over a brass .22 casing.
Bernie20910
I'm looking at that frame in the photo they show and I'm not seeing that "trigger looking" thing inside the trigger guard as an actual trigger. For one thing, it seems to be in the front of the trigger guard, not the rear where a trigger would normally go. I say this based on the location and direction of the safety markings and the silver screw being where the grip would attach. While BATF would classify this as a firearm it's incomplete and needs more work to finish before it could be assembled. Oh, and it's cast, not 3D printed.
rapidwolve
I don't know about that last part, Bernie. With companies around that put out CAD for 3D printed gun parts and companies like Desktop Metal who make metal 3D printers, it's hard to say if it's cast or printed.
Bernie20910
I do know and no, this part is cast. I'm familiar with both types of firearm parts and this part is not 3D printed on any consumer grade printer.
rapidwolve
I too am familiar with both, and no mention of "consumer" grade printer.
JohnTrolinger
3D-printed handgun part. Part being the key word in that headline. Good thing that we gave up our basic human rights to the federal government. I feel super safe now.
BDaleR
Yes, a handgun part, not a handgun. To paraphrase "Chinatown" - Forget it John, it's CBS.
bbabis
All this means is that the TSA missed the “travelers” with the rest of the parts and ammo.
rapidwolve
Either that, they haven't tried yet or the rest is waiting for him at his destination.
punkrawk78
Well obviously he should've been packing a Glock 7...
Coalora
Coalora 2
Ahh, it costs more than he makes in a month.
asellitto
Individual gets through security at airport A with a part and at the gate meets 5 others. He gets their parts and flys to airport B. Just outside the gate he meets 10 other similar individuals from other flights. Individual now has a gun and a few spare parts! Enough said.
jfflyboy
jfflyboy 2
With the gun smithing tools, presses, and hammers required to assemble that lower into functioning firearm? Let alone anyone making it through with the barrel or magazines with ammo. Suuuure. I’m going to assume you don’t have a lot of experience with firearms...
rapidwolve
rapidwolve -4
Who is to say that piece isn't 3D printed. As I pointed out to Bernie above, CAD has come a long way and with newer hybrid and metal 3D printers, no need for gun smithing tools. Ammo could be bought local. The way 3D printed guns are popping up, assembly is nothing, and they are going through rounds, and surviving, like crazy. And it is a very very scary thought.
jfflyboy
jfflyboy 3
I’ll say it again. It seems that you all are commenting without adequate experience or knowledge. Have you ever assembled an AR lower receiver? Please tell me how you plan on assembling the the trigger assembly, much less the bolt catch roll pins without a smiths punch, c-clamps, a hammer, and a vice? What about a buffer tube wrench? What’s your plan there? 3D printed or not, IT DOESN’T MATTER. This was not a danger to anyone. If it was, the TSA would have not let him continue on his flight. It’s just a story conflated by the media and gobbled up by the ignorant masses. Do your research. Get some experience on the range with real weapons and understand how it all works before speaking on a topic you’re obviously ignorant of.
rapidwolve
rapidwolve -4
EXCUSE ME?? Ignorant of guns, my ass!! I was referring to your comment about the gun smithing tools etc, which you no longer need! Also this is NOT the lower tower section of an AR!! No one said it was a danger, but what is the danger is being able to make parts all the parts needed to assemble a gun WITHOUT A LICENSE OR PERMIT!
I am not going any further but to say this. Please do not put folks down acting like you know it all about guns and they are just some lame brained nothing.
jfflyboy
jfflyboy 3
Just being ignorant of what this item actually is shows your knowledge. You’ve yet to prove your point. Only whine about hurt feelings.
rapidwolve
rapidwolve -4
What this does prove is your lack of knowledge, not mine and my final line stands! No whining on my part. This is not the lower tower of an AR! We took them apart, completely, while out in the field. Then put them back together COMPLETE with NO special tools. I do not have to prove anything to you other than you are ignorant!
Have a great time!
jfflyboy
jfflyboy 2
Field stripping a rifle is far and away a different thing than assembling a rifle from scratch. If you were a service member, you should absolutely know this. You broke the rifle into smaller bits, but you never fully disassembled a rifle to the point where you had to punch in and out roll pins and unscrew the buffer tube. Sorry I offended you by explaining where you were mistaken. Didn’t realize you were such a delicate snowflake
SmittySmithsonite
Remember, Shall Not Be Infringed? What difference does a permit make to a criminal or terrorist? If it made ANY difference, Massachusetts would be the safest state in the Union in which to live. Since Independence Day, there's been over 10 shootings in Dorchester, outside of Boston. How's the most strict gun laws in the Nation working out there? EVERY city here in MA is just like this, too.
rapidwolve
I'm done with this post. If you think it's ok for guns to be able to be made, with a good 3D printer system, have at it. I made no mention of whether or not a license or permit would deter criminal activity, I was defending my point that these can be easily made via free online plans, then assembled, without all the specialty crap mentioned by the other poster. Getting downvoted for making sense, and knowing what we did out in the field....yes..we didn't just strip the rifles into little bits, it was a complete teardown just like it had to be completely assembled, no vice, no hammer, no c-clamp.
ccowles
You can 3D print, forge, smith, or machine your guns for your own use all day, everyday. No serial numbers. No permits. No license. You can't sell as then it becomes a regulated business by the BATF. Now you better have some experience and run your own quality checks or it becomes an experiment in Darwinism.
Bernie20910
You obviously have only very cursory familiarity with this subject. May I suggest you gain a bit more knowledge and experience in this area before making such wild pronouncements?
Bernie20910
The individual is going to need a van or something like it outside that gate, complete with a workbench, vise, and armorers tools to make the final assembly, and for what? A firearm that could have been bought complete and working in the local pawn shop? If the individual couldn't legally make the purchase it's not like there weren't dozens on the black market.
sgbelverta
Wonder how much that will cost him to reproduce?
cowboybob
cowboybob -9
Where did he have the barrel hidden ya reckon? This isn't even "news" for cryin' out loud... It's propaganda for that great service being performed by those crack TSA agents protecting the world...while the burka/turban crowd files through unsearched because of their "religion". Please. I for one have given up commercial airline travel until they fix the ridiculous system currently in place.
kerimparrot
The person should have put all of that stuff in a checked cardboard box. Many years ago (before the TSA) my parents did not want to move my .22 rifle with them. I was visiting for the December holiday season. I did call the returning airline and did not want the rifle on their plane. The rifle was not designed to be in more than 1 part. I did remove several screws and put both parts in a box. I picked it up and reassembled it later.
I had hitched hiked with that rifle earlier. No problems.
I got that rifle from my uncle when he was a sports department at a Wards store. I was underage.

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