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yeah that's definitely a scary possibility, though I would think explosives would be the more realistic threat

anyways, electronic actuation of a firearm is already illegal in the US. if you're firing a gun in any way besides actually pulling a trigger with a finger, chances are good it's illegal (with some small leeway such as turning a handcrank)




If you're going to murder someone, you're probably not too worried about arms-control laws. You're already planning on doing something way more illegal.

But if you're going for some sort of obscure criminal achievement by only breaking one law at a time, then just make your lethal device something that does not legally qualify as a firearm. A black-powder muzzle-loader or a Bulgarian ricin-umbrella would do the trick, depending on whether you care about noise or not.

Or, like the parent mentions, make a grenade, and deliver it via remote-piloted aircraft.

Realistically, though, very few people on this planet would bother with any of that when they can often just kick down the door of your home, kill you with a tool purchased from a hardware or sporting goods store, and just leave before police can respond. The clearance rate for violent crimes in the US is already low enough, even for people who give no thought whatsoever to covering their tracks.

I'll continue to assume that unmanned aircraft are carrying cameras, and assume that if someone wants to murder me, they need a compelling reason to have a more complicated plan than to just bash my skull in with a big rock when I'm not looking.


>anyways, electronic actuation of a firearm is already illegal in the US. if you're firing a gun in any way besides actually pulling a trigger with a finger, chances are good it's illegal (with some small leeway such as turning a handcrank)

Huh, that explains why Mythbusters always used a string rather than any sort of servo system. Neat.


It's only illegal when it happens to violate the definition of a machine gun in federal law (multiple rounds fired per trigger pull); there's no specific law about electronic triggers. The ATF has specified that electronic firing is acceptable as long as a single physical action by a human results in a single round being fired from a single barrel. A drone with a gun that fires a shot in response to a button press from a wireless controller would be legal (ignoring any FAA restrictions on guns mixed with aircraft). Electronically "storing" human trigger pulls for later use is not allowed, so it would never be able to fire on its own.


Granted that paintball guns don't meet the definition of firearms, but I wonder if you've seen the software driven turrets that some folks have rigged up?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTs7VRFV36c (and others)

Substituting other devices to be actuated seems... trivial, and well within the reach of even hobbyists.




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