Defense Distributed founder says he’s now selling 3-D printed gun blueprints online

Defense Distributed founder says he's now selling 3-D printed gun blueprints online

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson announced during a rare media appearance Tuesday that he has begun selling 3-D printable firearms files online. The unveiled game plan came on the heels of a federal court order blocking the Texas-based company from publishing gun blueprints online. Citing risks to public safety, Judge Robert Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted the injunction Monday. Although the Seattle court barred Wilson from giving away the files, it offered several alternatives to permissibly transfer the same information. According to the court’s order: "Files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States" – all of which Wilson said he intends to do. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Activists Want to Block Blueprints for 3D-Printed Guns A settlement by the Trump administration is set to allow free downloads of the data files beginning in August. Gun Control Advocacy Groups, via ‘The Guardian’ At the center of this issue is Cody Wilson, a former University of Texas law student and self-described “post-left crypto-anarchist." In 2013, Wilson uploaded blueprints for a 3D handgun called "the Liberator" to the internet. The U.S. state department ordered Wilson to take down the files and a five-year legal battle ensued. The battle ended this year when the Trump administration settled the lawsuit in favor of Wilson. Since uploading files for "the Liberator," Wilson’s non-profit, Defense Distributed, has amassed what he calls a "trove" of […]

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