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A Landmark Legal Shift On DIY Guns

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Cody Wilson makes digital files that let anyone 3-D print untraceable guns. The government tried to stop him. He sued—and won.


 

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Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun. When, to his relief, his plastic invention fired a .380-caliber bullet into a berm of dirt without jamming or exploding in his hands, he drove back to Austin and uploaded the blueprints for the pistol to his website, Defcad.com.

 

He'd launched the site months earlier along with an anarchist video manifesto, declaring that gun control would never be the same in an era when anyone can download and print their own firearm with a few clicks. In the days after that first test-firing, his gun was downloaded more than 100,000 times. Wilson made the decision to go all in on the project, dropping out of law school at the University of Texas, as if to confirm his belief that technology supersedes law.

 

The law caught up. Less than a week later, Wilson received a letter from the US State Department demanding that he take down his printable-gun blueprints or face prosecution for violating federal export controls. Under an obscure set of US regulations known as the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Wilson was accused of exporting weapons without a license, just as if he'd shipped his plastic gun to Mexico rather than put a digital version of it on the internet. He took Defcad.com offline, but his lawyer warned him that he still potentially faced millions of dollars in fines and years in prison simply for having made the file available to overseas downloaders for a few days. "I thought my life was over," Wilson says.

 

Instead, Wilson has spent the last years on an unlikely project for an anarchist: Not simply defying or skirting the law but taking it to court and changing it. In doing so, he has now not only defeated a legal threat to his own highly controversial gunsmithing project. He may have also unlocked a new era of digital DIY gunmaking that further undermines gun control across the United States and the world—another step toward Wilson's imagined future where anyone can make a deadly weapon at home with no government oversight.

 

Two months ago, the Department of Justice quietly offered Wilson a settlement to end a lawsuit he and a group of co-plaintiffs have pursued since 2015 against the United States government. Wilson and his team of lawyers focused their legal argument on a free speech claim: They pointed out that by forbidding Wilson from posting his 3-D-printable data, the State Department was not only violating his right to bear arms but his right to freely share information. By blurring the line between a gun and a digital file, Wilson had also successfully blurred the lines between the Second Amendment and the First.

 

"If code is speech, the constitutional contradictions are evident," Wilson explained to WIRED when he first launched the lawsuit in 2015. "So what if this code is a gun?”

 

The Department of Justice's surprising settlement, confirmed in court documents earlier this month, essentially surrenders to that argument. It promises to change the export control rules surrounding any firearm below .50 caliber—with a few exceptions like fully automatic weapons and rare gun designs that use caseless ammunition—and move their regulation to the Commerce Department, which won't try to police technical data about the guns posted on the public internet. In the meantime, it gives Wilson a unique license to publish data about those weapons anywhere he chooses.

 

"I consider it a truly grand thing," Wilson says. "It will be an irrevocable part of political life that guns are downloadable, and we helped to do that."

 

 

 

There is more but this is the meat of the article.

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Just give the antis a little time and they’ll find some way to attack from another angle!

 

Never let down your guard!!!

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The PRoK has already started. :(

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3D printers can make just about everything soooo building an untraceable, operable firearm from supplies readily available at Fryes electronics or other 3D printer supply outlets will be a common activity in the very near future and there probably isn’t anything that can be done about it. The anti gunners have no idea what a few knowledgeable program writers can come up with.

 

If you want to get an idea of the free stuff that’s available to build on your 3D printer go to Thingyverse and check it out. The programs that you have to pay for are pretty interesting also. AR parts are very common.

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38 minutes ago, Yul Lose said:

3D printers can make just about everything soooo building an untraceable, operable firearm from supplies readily available at Fryes electronics or other 3D printer supply outlets will be a common activity in the very near future and there probably isn’t anything that can be done about it. The anti gunners have no idea what a few knowledgeable program writers can come up with.

 

If you want to get an idea of the free stuff that’s available to build on your 3D printer go to Thingyverse and check it out. The programs that you have to pay for are pretty interesting also. AR parts are very common.

 

 

Or:

http://www.weaponeer.net/forum/uploads/Weaponeer/files/2007-10-17_131429_AR_15_Scratch_Built_Receiver.pdf

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15 minutes ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

Not 3D printed but available.

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7 hours ago, Yul Lose said:

Not 3D printed but available.

 

And doable with a decent drill press.

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