Which is interesting, because the author of the bill, Kenyatta Johnson, isnâ€™t aware of of any local gun-printing 3-D printers.Â â€Itâ€™s all pre-emptive,â€ says Johnsonâ€™s director of legislation Steve Cobb. â€œItâ€™s just based upon internet stuff out there.â€
It’s not “preemptive,” it’s just stupid. It’s up there in terms of ignorance with burning witches. It’s not going to preempt anybody, because no one is going to be dissuaded from hitting “Print …” if they are seriously intending to cause harm. It is also quite arguably, and ironically, given Johnson’s quote, preempted by state law banning cities and local communities from regulating firearms.
It is not unusual for people who don’t understand new technology to be frightened by it. That goes double if you’re a politician. The same primitive fears of the unknown were responsible for all manner of laws when the automobile first appeared, or really any new technology first appeared on the scene. Life among the barbarians, I suppose.