CNC ‘Ghost Gunner’ Machine Forges Path for Homemade AR-15 Rifles

Defense Distributed/YouTube
Defense Distributed/YouTube

Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed are currently selling their “Ghost Gunner” CNC machine for $1,500.00. It forges a path for Americans to make homemade AR-15 rifles in their garages, basements, or anywhere else they wish to set up the compact CNC machine.

In effect, the machine makes every man an AR-15 manufacturer.

In 2013, Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed put itself on the map with a 3D printed gun that anyone with a 3D printer and blueprints for the gun—which were uploaded to the Internet—could make in their home, or office, or wherever their printer was located. In May 2013, the State Department demanded Wilson remove the blueprints from the Internet, which he did, but not without challenging the State Department’s legal authority to make such a demand.

As reported:

Wilson’s gun manufacturing advocacy group Defense Distributed, along with the gun rights group the Second Amendment Foundation… filed a lawsuit against the State Department and several of its officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry. In their complaint, they claim that a State Department agency called the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) violated their first amendment right to free speech by telling Defense Distributed that it couldn’t publish a 3-D printable file for its one-shot plastic pistol known as the Liberator, along with a collection of other printable gun parts, on its website.

With this suit against the State Department ongoing, Wilson and Defense Distributed worked to perfect their next foray into helping Americans manufacture their own guns in their own homes. That result is the “Ghost Gunner,” a CNC machine which makes AR-15 lowers that can be paired with readily—and legally—available AR-15 uppers to create a gun that is completely off the grid. A ghost gun, if you will.

Breitbart News spoke with Wilson about the “Ghost Gunner” just prior to Christmas, and he said:

There is a whole culture of making your own weapons, and specifically AR-15s. It all begins with what is called an “80 percent receiver.” Because gun laws regulate AR-15s and a lot of rifles based on regulation of that lower receiver, if you mill that component yourself, then you’re making an un-serialized gun—it’s not a gun that’s bought through the FFL system, it’s not produced by a major manufacturer, there’s no paper trail on the gun. It’s yours, and it’s yours free and clear.

In an era with the constant specter of universal background checks and politicians coming out and saying, “Well, everyone is going to have to register,” a lot of Americans are saying “no.” And they have decided to make their own ARs because they do not trust their government to handle the data it accumulates.

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