Guns, Sex, and Freedom

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David Dubin

George Mason University School of Law

Date Written: December 12, 2013


Society is on the cusp of grappling with two social issues that will test the boundaries of one’s property rights. First and foremost, society is currently deliberating the issue of three-dimensional printed guns ("3D guns"), which are causing legislators a nightmare of whether to regulate such products in light of their acknowledge dangerous properties. Second, the United States may soon have to grapple with the notion of advanced robotic technology that is utilized in the most perverse fashion — replicating children in the form of artificially intelligent robots for sexual acts ("child sex robots").

It is generally recognized that "[p]roperty does not exist because there are laws, but laws exist because there is property." With this in mind, the purpose of this paper is to focus attention on these two social issues that present open legal questions concerning whether one has an unfettered property right to both 3D guns and child sex robots. In Part I, I first provide a brief history of the 3D printer and its impact within the United States. This Part then provides an analysis of the historical development of 3D guns, which is subsequently followed by an analysis of the developing regulation on 3D guns and the potential trajectory of these legislative movements. To summarize this first Part, I provide a brief recapitulation of the legal issues posed against 3D guns. In Part II, I provide a brief history and market analysis of the social robotic industry, and analyze whether it would be prudent for state legislators to adopt ex ante regulations directed at criminalizing the production, manufacture, or distribution of child sex robots designed solely for sexual objectives. The second Part is likewise concluded with a summary conclusion outlining the legal issues concerning the advancements of social robotic technology. I conclude with a summary restatement of the open legal issues presented in the two preceding Parts of this paper, and provide a preliminary discussion as to whether legislative action is necessary.

Keywords: Three-dimensional printing, 3D printing, 3-D printing, Sex Robots, Robotics, Robot, Child Sex, Child, Sex, Printer

Suggested Citation

Dubin, David, Guns, Sex, and Freedom (December 12, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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