Just because he could, and to try and prove a point, independent security researcher Evan Booth went about to discover whether one, if so inclined, could create deadly weapons only found or purchased past TSA checkpoints at an airport. The answer is very yes, as Booth went all kinds of prison crazy in creating bludgeons, shotguns, nunchuku, knives and all kinds of other weapons using only items purchased from airport gift shops and food stands. He seems to think this is a huge breach of security, but the NSA has yet to respond, probably because everyone knows that you can make a deadly weapon literally out of anything if you’re clever enough and determined enough. Still, he’s put together a pretty impressive arsenal.
After months and months of trying, the founder of Defense Distributed has created the world’s first completely 3D printed handgun. It hasn’t been fully tested, but it is entirely made of 3D printed plastic.
Having a moment of clarity, the TSA has relaxed some of their carry-on rules to allow small pocket knives with foldable, non-locking blades, golf clubs and small, child-sized baseball bats on airplanes. You still have to leave your hunting knives, broadswords and kitchen knives at home. And yes, box cutters are still a no-no.
Wiki Weapons is a controversial project with the aim of cataloguing and creating high quality 3D printed parts for guns. Meaning with this information, most of a full working weapon can be downloaded around the world, printed out, and with some minor additions, create a working firearm. But the program has been hitting snags as printers are confiscated. It’s as if some are uncomfortable with the idea of being able to download and print out guns.