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5/5/2018 17:16:22   
  Dwelling Dragonlord

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This thread is to discuss whether or not weapon manufacturing, that is to say military-grade weaponry, should only be allowed by the state given its perverse incentive structure.

  • As a sub-topic you may also discuss the manufacturing of weapons for a state's military only being allowed by the state itself.

    < Message edited by Dwelling Dragonlord -- 5/6/2018 13:06:10 >
  • AQ DF AQW  Post #: 1
    5/6/2018 0:48:33   

    Are you talking about like 3D printed weapons? Or like private companies producing weapons? Also which country are you referring to? Are you talking about the U.S or like U.K. Also what do you define as a weapon? A kitchen knife can be considered a weapon, in fact most violent attacks in the U.K and China are done using knives.

    ... I think this is a very vague topic and you really need to narrow it down.
    AQ  Post #: 2
    5/6/2018 15:17:32   
    Chaosweaver Amon

    I think another factor to consider is what is categorized as “military grade”. I’m assuming you mean firearms; if so, what kind? That is to say, at what point does a firearm become military grade?

    That being said, I live in the US, where there are firearms that are legal. I’m not sure if you’re referring to a country where they are completely banned or not.
    DF AQW  Post #: 3
    5/14/2018 12:09:39   
    Roaming the Web

    With the vagueness of this topic it's probably best to set up some boundary conditions. It often makes sense to me to look at the extremes to try and decide what should be allowed.


    weapon manufacturing that is to say military-grade weaponry

    This can range from manufacturing tools that can be used as weapons (e.g. knives), to non lethal weapons (e.g. tear gas), to weapons of mass destruction (e.g. nuclear weapons) (all of these are used by the military in some form or another and therefore could arguably be "military grade"). It also can range from tiny scale (e.g. one time project) to massive scale (e.g. multinational corporation).


    should only be allowed by the state

    Regulation can range from requiring a nominal permit to manufacture weapons to a complete ban of civilian manufacturing for all purposes (including non-combat purposes such as education/research).

    In my opinion, regulation should be constructed that prevents weapons from getting into the hands of people that current regulation is designed to prevent them from obtaining. This would likely result in laws on the more strict side of the above sliding scales, banning the manufacture of all regulated weapons by an individual unless they're granted special permission for education/research purposes (what weapons should be regulated is another topic entirely). The main problem with this approach is that its nearly impossible to enforce. Unlike with, say, counterfeit currency, there are a broad range of designs of weapons that are possible that will still be effective, making trying to regulate the tools used in the manufacturing process (e.g. 3D printing programs) pointless.

    At least with this form of regulation, it would prevent the unauthorized manufacture and sale of homemade weapons (which there are probably laws on the books already depending on where you are), but in a future world where access to 3D printed guns are as simple as a trip to the library's 3D printer, the laws seem ineffective. I'm not really sure what the solution is here.
    AQ AQW  Post #: 4
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