You Can Build Your Very Own AR-15 Right At Home


Photo Illustration: Diana Quach

Senate Democrats ended a 15-hour filibuster for tighter gun-control legislation on Thursday four days after Omar Mateen committed the worst mass shooting in American history with a legally bought assault rifle. But, even in the (unlikely) event that Democrats manage to squeak through some modest gun-law reform, it’ll remain very easy for Americans to get their hands on weapons. Especially since potentially dangerous individuals can already make untraceable “ghost guns” at home—completely legally.

On Monday, the “nonprofit anti-monopoly digital publishing” firm Defense Distributed, which first attracted national media attention by producing the world’s first 3D-printed handgun, is set to officially release the second version of its Ghost Gunner. It’s a $1,500 desktop milling machine that allows users to craft an AR-15 with no serial number, all on their own. The Ghost Gunner 2 uses open source software and robotized hardware to meticulously craft the lower receiver (the…

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