US Government Concedes That 3D Printed Guns Are Legal

US Government Concedes That 3D Printed Guns Are Legal

At the height of the 3D printing craze several years ago, a website called Defense Distributed made waves by offering a fully 3D printed gun called the Liberator for download. You probably haven’t heard a lot about the Liberator and similar weapons in the last few years because designer Cody Wilson was at odds with the US government. After threatening the prosecute Wilson, the Justice Department under Trump has acquiesced to Wilson’s demands , PCMag reports, and will rewrite federal law to make 3D printed guns legal. Within days of posting the Liberator files online, they had been downloaded more than 100,000 times. The single-shot pistol wasn’t anything special, but it worked and anyone could make one. Although it would fail after a few shots, so they’d have to make a lot of them. That attracted the attention of the US State Department, which sent a letter to Wilson demanding he take his website offline. The government cited a law known as the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which restricts how guns are exported. The government contended that by posting the files online, Wilson had effectively exported them to other countries. Fearing stiff legal consequences, Wilson took down his site. However, he’s been waging a quiet legal battle with the Justice and State Departments ever since. Earlier this year, the Trump’s Justice Department offered Wilson a settlement. Although, it looks more like complete capitulation. Wilson had been arguing that he had the right to post the files for […]

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