Gun Control Groups Rush To Stop Austinite From Publishing Designs For 3D-Printed Guns

Gun Control Groups Rush To Stop Austinite From Publishing Designs For 3D-Printed Guns

Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed plan to post blueprints online for guns that can be 3D-printed or milled at home. Austin-based Defense Distributed plans to launch an online database Wednesday of downloadable blueprints for a wide variety of guns that can be 3D-printed or milled at home. It’s the culmination of a five-year court battle that pits free speech claims against the government’s ability to control distribution and export of the means to produce firearms. Cody Wilson made his first 3D-printed gun in 2013 – a single-shot pistol fabricated from resin that he called the "Liberator." He published the plans online; anyone could download the plans and print their own untraceable, plastic gun – with the right equipment. A post shared by Ghost Gunner (@ghost_gunner2) onFeb 21, 2017 at 9:46am PST Days later, the U.S. State Department warned Wilson that he was in violation of the International Trade in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. Wilson took the plans down, but sued the government, claiming it was a violation of his First Amendment rights. The case wound its way for years through the courts. In April, the government settled with Wilson and his company, clearing the path for Defense Distributed to publish the Liberator plans – and plans for dozens of other weapons – for free on its website. Wilson says his project has – at least symbolically – ended gun control in America. But the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and other gun control advocacy groups filed […]

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Gun Control Groups Rush To Stop Austinite From Publishing Designs For 3D-Printed Guns

Gun Control Groups Rush To Stop Austinite From Publishing Designs For 3D-Printed Guns

Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed plan to post blueprints online for guns that can be 3D-printed or milled at home. Austin-based Defense Distributed plans to launch an online database Wednesday of downloadable blueprints for a wide variety of guns that can be 3D-printed or milled at home. It’s the culmination of a five-year court battle that pits free speech claims against the government’s ability to control distribution and export of the means to produce firearms. Cody Wilson made his first 3D-printed gun in 2013 – a single-shot pistol fabricated from resin that he called the "Liberator." He published the plans online; anyone could download the plans and print their own untraceable, plastic gun – with the right equipment. Days later, the U.S. State Department warned Wilson that he was in violation of the International Trade in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. Wilson took the plans down, but sued the government, claiming it was a violation of his First Amendment rights. The case wound its way for years through the courts. In April, the government settled with Wilson and his company, clearing the path for Defense Distributed to publish the Liberator plans – and plans for dozens of other weapons – for free on its website. Wilson says his project has – at least symbolically – ended gun control in America. But the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and other gun control advocacy groups filed an emergency motion today in federal court to prevent the designs from being […]

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