posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 12:08 PM
This is one of the toughest "Lock" decisions I've had to make yet.
Technically, no one here has violated the TAC, and I do not wish to condemn any of the participants of this thread as having acted inappropriately.
Rather this is one of those thick gray areas that we have to make a decision on in a case-by-case basis. There's simply too much liability risk in
leaving open (and thus encouraging) threads on how to make firearms, especially automatic and sub-automatic ones. There are other sites where you can
find out about such subjects in a far more detailed fashion, and whom will fully accept the risk involved that, for instance, a child may follow the
instructions and take their new toy to school the next day, or that their site might become blacklisted as a potential terrorist training page.
The difference between discussion of guns, and creating a thread on how to make or convert semi-automatic firearm is, I think, the crux of the issue.
If not here, then where is the line to be drawn? Fully automatic weapons? Ammo conversions? Mines? Bombs? It is a path we're just not prepared to go
down, and a risk we're not willing to assume.
It's a tough decision, and not one made easily, but with several days worth of consideration. That is one of the reasons this thread has remained
open as long as it has. I hope you will understand, though. My apologies, but I must in good conscience, close this thread, along with the message
that similar such threads will likely be closed in the future.