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Make every shot count, literally. Pick a common firearm, one that's sold frequently and re-engineer it with an internal counter that gums up the works permanently after x number of shots. Make it cheap but limit purchases to one per year. Raise the price on 'unlimited' firearms so much that the only
place one would want to use one would be as a rental at a range. Maybe folks would have to ration their compulsions a bit better.
One shot gun
A 3d printed gun that last for only one shot. [travbm, Oct 29 2015]
Attempt to make 3-D printed gun illegal
The short of it: it's not yet illegal [Voice, Oct 30 2015]
||Believing market prices can be litigated, believing a gun
can be sold for less if it has an added mechanism, ill
considered complications that will inhibit reliability,
(even within the intended scope of operation) believing
there's a practical way to limit gun sales by quantity over
time, yet not listing
it, believing criminals will adhere to the law, making
"raise gun prices" part of the idea, and believing a more
expensive gun will prevent gun crime.
||This is the most horrible abortion of an idea I've seen
since I don't know when. Don't re-work it, scrap it.
||Until the last sentence I was thinking that the
core of the idea was actually interesting if slightly
flawed. One problem with guns is keeping them
out of the hands of criminals. Since the criminals
have them, the good guys need them to. If
background checks are enforced and are required
every time an expiring gun is purchased or rebuilt,
then within a few hundred years all the unlimited
guns will wear out and it would become harder and
harder for criminals to get guns. When they did
manage to steal one, it would only be good for a
short time. There are of course many problems
that would make that solution unlikely to work,
but that just makes it half-baked.
||But your last sentence seems to say the purpose
of all this is just to make it harder or more
expensive for people to train and "compulsion"
implies that you think they have a mental
||//within a few hundred years all the unlimited guns will
||In about 20 years the ability to print a handgun will be in
the hands of even the least capable citizen, as long as
(increasingly likely) he has a 3-D printer. Before a few
hundred years have passed the manufacturing landscape
will have changed far beyond recognition.
||So... [Steamboat] wants to create a gun that's only useful
for someone to go on a single killing spree, with a
countdown to tell the gunner when it's time for the suicide
||It does kind of point out the lack of rational thought that
goes into most gun-limitation schemes.
||If an assassin is a hired gun, does that make a retired assassin an expired gun?
||Sounds like one of those 3D printed guns that the us government banned or tried to ban.