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December 2, 2013 - 12:32 pm

As it returns to session today, the U.S. House will take up a bill to renew the ban on “undetectable” firearms — plastic guns, guns printed on 3D printers, and so forth. After Cody Wilson demonstrated that 3D guns are a real thing, such guns are driving government to do what it does best — arrive late to the party and to little that makes any sense.

While Congress obsesses over what expensive machines can do after you’ve fed them with detailed 3D models and scans, look what Evan Booth did with batteries and other odds and ends he bought at an airport terminal.

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A battery in the “gun” runs an electric current through a piece of wire when the trigger is pulled, melting the condom with heat. The water from the condom mixes with the lithium, and that reaction heats up the deodorant can so quickly that it explodes, forcing the “shot” – in this case, pennies – out of the rolled-up magazine barrel.

The BLUNDERBUSSiness Class, which was made from magazines, a pack of Mentos, a Red Bull can and some other stuff, fired pennies right through the drywall in the video. While it took about 10 seconds to fire after the “trigger” pull, it did hit its target and it did survive to be fired again. In the video it had massive recoil. But how much would a suicidal terrorist really care about that?

The McGyvered break-action shotgun isn’t the only weapon Booth has built from stuff you can buy at the terminal. Here’s his FRAGGUCCINO grenade. Here’s the PLANNED PARENTHOOD slingbow.

He bought all the materials to construct all of these weapons after passing through airport security screening.

The implications of all this, both for the House’s anti-plastic gun law, and for TSA’s Thousands Standing Around junk-touching security theater, are profound.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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With all the depressing news about Obamacare, the economy, and the tyrant currently ensconced in the Oval Office, it's encouraging to see some cheerful news for a change.

I'm glad to see there are still some enterprising individuals willing and able to demonstrate what idiots we have as our keepers.
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Someone determined to do harm and willing to sacrifice his own life in the process WILL find a way to do it. The only rational answer is to harden targets... not with absurd security kabuki but by allowing people to defend themselves.
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It's really less of a shotgun and more of a Claymore mine.

Which, actually, I think, makes things worse for the TSA.
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Whoa.
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How long did it take to build? Did it require any tools that would be difficult to get past security? Could it be constructed in a toilet stall?

All this for a gun that has less than half the muzzle velocity of a .22 short - not exactly the first choice in man-stopping - and projectiles that guarantee that velocity falls of quickly. There's a reason bullets are compared using ballistic gelatin instead of drywall. Getting hit with this monstrosity, assuming your target is cooperative enough to just stand there while a disturbingly gun-like object smokes at him, would hurt like a sumnabich, and there's a good chance you'll put someone's eye out with that thing (possibly yours, given the splash pattern on the background. Lithium hydroxide isn't what one would call "no-tears") but you'd be hard pressed to actually kill someone with it.

What we have here is a clever device that looks far more dangerous than it actually is. I expect the TSA to spend millions to ensure nothing like it actually makes it into an airport.
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" I expect the TSA to spend millions to ensure nothing like it actually makes it into an airport."

Clearly you didn't get that this was made out of what the TSA already lets inside the safe area inside the check points.
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I think that's his point, Tom. Seeing this, TSA will be horrified and shocked, and will move to ban all of these goodies so that such nefarious devices cannot be built.
1 year ago
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With all the depressing news about Obamacare, the economy, and the tyrant currently ensconced in the Oval Office, it's encouraging to see some cheerful news for a change.

I'm glad to see there are still some enterprising individuals willing and able to demonstrate what idiots we have as our keepers.
1 year ago
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Bombers always get through.
1 year ago
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Don't give TSA any more ideas. They will confiscate your Mentos and ban its sale in airports.
1 year ago
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Can I get mine Parkerized? The wife would like the Pachmayr rosewood with finger grooves on the Mentos...
1 year ago
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Someone determined to do harm and willing to sacrifice his own life in the process WILL find a way to do it. The only rational answer is to harden targets... not with absurd security kabuki but by allowing people to defend themselves.
1 year ago
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Most security efforts target non-professionals who don't want to go to prison or die. Almost anything can be used as a makeshift weapon if someone is really determined.
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I sure hope the BATF doesn't catch up to him. They frown on building guns without the proper permissions from our betters.
1 year ago
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It looked more like home made fireworks.
1 year ago
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They will want the $5 tax for an AOW.
1 year ago
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No, they will want to bury him under the penitentiary for not having paid the the tax. They don't really want the revenue, they want the control.
1 year ago
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It's really less of a shotgun and more of a Claymore mine.

Which, actually, I think, makes things worse for the TSA.
1 year ago
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This guy has MacGuyver beat all to heck!
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