Blueprints for 3D printed guns to again appear online

Blueprints for 3D printed guns to again appear online

Defense Distributed Defense Distributed will soon be able to again publish designs for 3D printed guns. The company’s owner, Cody Wilson, confirmed in an email that he’ll resume publication Aug. 1. Last week, the US Department of State agreed to waive its prior restraint order against Wilson and Defense Distributed, allowing them to freely publish designs and other technical files about 3D printed guns, according to a press release from the Second Amendment Foundation. The SAF joined Defense Distributed in a 2015 lawsuit over the restraint order. "The government will draft and pursue regulatory amendments that eliminate ITAR [International Traffic in Arms Regulations] control over the technical information at the center of this case," Alan Gottlieb, founder and vice president of SAF, said in the release. "They will transfer export jurisdiction to the Commerce Department, [which] will allow Defense Distributed and SAF to publish information about 3D technology." The State Department oversees the exports of defense products in accordance with the ITAR, which was why the department had the run-in with Defense Distributed, according to a State Department spokesperson. Since the Department of Commerce will take over the responsibility of regulating commercial arms trade and manufacturing, the State Department settled with Defense Distributed and SAF because the issues raised in the lawsuit won’t be relevant to it in the near future. The designs are free to download, Wilson said in an emailed statement. Asked whether it worries him that people with bad intentions might get their hands on his […]

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