[hackerspaces] Firearms in Hackerspaces?

Sam Ley sam.ley at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 22:25:12 CET 2013

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Chris Weiss <cweiss at gmail.com> wrote:

> whether or not a space allows guns is a micro-culture issue, not a
> rights issue

Right on. Hackerspaces are as varied as their members, and the wishes of
the members as a group should determine the rules of the group. I fully
expect different spaces to have different rules, and that is a Good

Phoenix Asylum doesn't have any weapon/firearm/gun/hurty-tool rules, but
there is an overall expectation that anything you bring into the space must
be made safe for others to be around, and that you are responsible for
doing that, whether it means locked out controls on a dangerous machine,
guards or shields, proper containers for flammable liquids, etc. In that
context, you don't need to define what a "gun" is or isn't (a silly
argument intended to derail other conversations) - just think about each
item and what the requirements are for rendering it safe for others. If
that means leaving ammunition home, or locking it up, or not bringing it at
all, then so be it, depending on your group's collective risk tolerance.

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