3D Printed Gun Models to Return Online as Defense Distributed Wins Court Settlement

3D Printed Gun Models to Return Online as Defense Distributed Wins Court Settlement

Back to top After a lengthy legal battle, Cody Wilson and his organization Defense Distributed have settled a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department that will allow them to put 3D printable gun models back online. Back in 2013, Texas-based libertarian and crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson successfully fired a bullet from the first-ever fully 3D printed gun. Ever since that trigger was pulled, fears about how 3D printing could be used to manufacture weapons has ricocheted throughout government meetings and mainstream media headlines. Shortly after test firing the gun, Wilson decided to upload the CAD model for this pistol, dubbed the Liberator, to his website Defcad.com. The 3D printable firearm was downloaded more than 100,000 times in just a few days, causing the U.S. State Department to send a letter demanding that he take down the 3D printable blueprints or face prosecution. After five years of battling the Department of Justice in court, a settlement has finally been reached, and it seems to be a major victory for Wilson and his non-profit organization Defense Distributed . The court settlement states the government’s ban on these CAD files was in violation of the First Amendment, citing that the government has been inflicting censorship on Defense Distributed’s right to expression. The settlement also deemed that “non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber” are “not inherently military.” “Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby. For years, anti-gunners have contended that […]

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