You can 3D-print your own guns starting Aug. 1 because sure, that sounds like a good idea

Cody Wilson, founder of Texas-based nonprofit Defense Distributed, once wrote in an email to TechCrunch that the era of downloadable guns is upon us — indeed, that guns should be “as downloadable as music. There will be streaming services for semi-automatics.” That day is arguably upon us, thanks to a settlement between his nonprofit and the State Department in June which will let Defense Distributed put the blueprints online starting Aug. 1 for 3D-printed guns — including firearms like the AR-15, which has been used repeatedly in mass shootings across the U.S. The Second Amendment Foundation, which worked with Wilson to help achieve this settlement, has released a statement calling this “a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby.” “The plans freely available next month put firearms clicks away from anyone with the right machine and materials,” CNBC reports. “That reality has startled gun control advocates, who say it makes untraceable firearms all the more available. “For Wilson, August marks the end of a years-long legal battle: He designed a 3D-printable plastic pistol, the ‘Liberator .380,’ in 2012 and put the plans online. It was downloaded more than 100,000 times before federal officials blocked his site, citing international export law.” Wilson filed a lawsuit and reached the settlement with the State Dept. last month. Defense Distributed’s website previews the plans for the Liberator pistol, as well as an AR-15 and a Czechoslovakian assault rifle, the VZ-58. Worth noting — the settlement also doesn’t mean it will be so easy […]

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