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Subject: Re: MICROWAVE DETECTOR FOR CONCEALED FIREARMS.
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2003 01:48:33 +0000
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> In the meantime, very few people are running around the city with legitimate
> masses of metal under their counterfeit Armani suits.
> We can detect and arrest them.
Well, I routinely carry a leatherman & a few screwdrivers, and will quite
often go out for lunch with spanners and other tools still in my pockets,
so I guess that makes me a criminal? There is no way to entirely passively
detect the difference between a firearm and any other innocent metal
object with sufficient reliability to make this work automatically.
Does anybody remember which company makes that Thz imaging sensor which
uses the microwave background radiation to image metallic objects? It was
described in one of the 'hobbiest' rags over here a year or so back.
That may be a useful device if it could be packaged to be usable.
> All of them.
What I am trying to work out is why all the concern about badly deactivated
firearms? I mean building a competition grade rifle barrel is *HARD* but
it seems to me that a close quarters weapon is probably not that difficult
to make from scratch. I have not worked out the details but I suspect that
a single shot weapon with a fixed barrel is an evenings work with mr Myford
including design time. It may even be a practical proposition without
the lathe & milling machine.
I am all in favour of coming up with a solution to this problem, and over
here it is a problem (I fully accept that in the US the conditions are
different), but a technological fix is not the whole answer and legal
changes made quickly tend to cause more problems then they solve.
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