According to DHS official David Glawe, "This threat is upon us today. I wake up in the morning and night just hoping we don't have an attack." But with the current laws on the books, federal agents are only allowed to track and try to catch drones when they land. That's it. They can't legally be shot down. All the authorities can do is shake their fists at the sky like a bunch of angry old men, yelling at clouds.
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You Can 3D-Print All Kinds Of Illegal Crap
Hey, did you know you can straight up print a gun? The blueprints are online and free to read, and there are step by step guides on how to use them, in case you're new to 3D printing or overcome with confusion by the current and temporary lack of a firearm in your hand. And while the end result, somewhat ominously dubbed the Liberator, looks like something a child of the '80s would have found at the bottom of a cereal box, it's capable of firing a single deadly bullet at close-to-moderate range.
Vvzvlad/Wikimedia CommonsJust send in three proofs of purchase and a manifesto, and you too can blow your hand off.
That may not mean much in America, where you can pick up a six-pack of shotguns at Safeway. Plus, the guns are prone to shattering uselessly in the user's hands. But their lack of serial numbers makes them impossible to trace, and their plastic body makes them invisible to metal detectors. That means they're quite attractive to people who can't legally own a gun, yet still really, really want to shoot someone.
The Obama administration ordered the creators of the Liberator to take their blueprints down, but the company sued and reached a settlement with the Trump State Department which allows them to continue posting the blueprints online. Democrats are now pushing legislation that would make it illegal to publish gun blueprints and/or legally require part of the gun to be metal, but the legal battle will no doubt rage on for quite some time. You don't have to worry about a 3D-printed firefight breaking out in your front yard just yet; the bigger concern is hobbyists blowing their own hands off. But 3D-printed firearms are only going to get better and cheaper as the years go by, so the sooner the legalities are figured out, the better.
3D printers can also make copies of keys. You don't even need the physical original, just a clear photo. When The Washington Post published an article that featured a high-resolution photo of the TSA's master keys (used to open luggage locks during screening), they were immediately replicated by 3D printers. So don't take any selfies prominently featuring your car keys, folks.
XylitolAlso, maybe don't buy a luggage lock, since at this point they're about as effective as a sticker that says "Please don't steal my things."