The “Ghost Gunner,” which turns easily obtainable unfinished parts into fully functional rifles, is currently available for $1,399 through a company called Defense Distributed. Defense Distributed has already sold two hundred and fifty of the machines and raised the price by $400 to keep up with demand.
The founder of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson, is a gun rights activist and the world’s “most famous digital gunsmith”. Wilson already created the first 3D printed pistol and rifle, and now he is working to make homemade gun technology widely available.
Wilson calls his machine the “Ghost Gunner” in reference to the name that gun control politicians have given untraceable firearms. The machine relies on a computer numerically controlled (CNC) mill to create a homemade lower receiver for an AR-15. The rest of the AR-15 can be easily ordered from online gun shops.
A bill to ban these weapons passed the California State Senate earlier this year before being vetoed last week by Governor Jerry Brown.