Home » conflict sin stocks » There’s An Entirely Secret Category Of Gun Sin Stocks You Should Be Watching (But You May Not Want To Invest In Them)

Conflict sin stocks are mostly well-known. They’re the companies that manufacture guns, like Sturm, Ruger, & Co. (RGR), or the companies that provide some kind of military support, equipment, and infrastructure, like Northrop Grumman (NOC).

And even within this group of companies there are some that are less obvious, like IBM (IBM) and General Electric (GE).

But there is yet another little-known level that exists even more secretly… one you might not realize exists and perhaps weren’t thinking of, but one which deserves to have a place on our list of sin stocks.

I’m talking about 3D printed weapons.

In the last few years, 3D printing technology has grown dramatically. Companies are getting 3D printers to rapidly prototype products; and even regular people are buying 3D printers for… whatever it is that people need to print in 3 dimensions. I don’t have a 3D printer but my local library has several and they are popular devices… just to show the growing ubiquity of them.

Most people will probably print fun/funny things on their printers.

But it is not outside of the realm of possibility that people can print a gun.

A recent article on Inc. Magazine discusses the growth of a company called Ghost Gunner and its predecessor Defense Distributed, (both of which are not publicly-traded companies) and the legal challenges they face from a government that is trying to shut them down.

At Sin Stocks Report, we prefer to focus on publicly-traded companies, of which there aren’t any right now that we’re aware of, but it’s worth noting that the market is perfectly positioned for such a company to exist: it’s highly regulated, it’s popular to the point of seeming like a necessity (with regard to the 2nd Amendment), and non-publicly traded companies are currently attempting to serve the market.

Sin stocks investors should watch the 3D printed gun space carefully for opportunities… and for dangers. Brand new companies that somehow find their into an IPO could get a first mover advantage but may easily have the public turn against them if someone uses their printed gun for terrorist-related activities. You can also be sure that existing gun manufacturers are discussing and testing the 3D printed concept but it may not be for consumer purposes since that seems to be a brick wall; they may be able to provide government entities with rapid response printed weapon, which is likely lighter, cheaper, and easier to ship versus moving an arsenal of weapons.

So, there are a few ways to play this. It’s still early days but we’ll see these 3D printed guns in one form or another sooner enough.

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