Please give a warm round of applause for weapons available to the youth, terrorists, and everyone in between. Free guns for everyone, no metal required*.
OK maybe that’s a little extreme, but that’s the potential can of worms that has been opened by an online company called Defense Distributed with their 93% printed 3D gun the Liberator.
Defense Distributed runs a site called Defcad, which is “a makeshift response to Makerbot Industries’ decision to censor files uploaded in good faith at Thingiverse, specifically firearms-related files. We are hosting as many of the pulled files as we can find.”
The intricate details and instructions for how to print your very own Liberator are now free for download right now.
And you thought gun control was a major issue before.
Here’s a short teaser video showcasing the liberator in action, along with the production process.
*15 of the 16 pieces were printed from a 3D printer. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin.
“You can print a lethal device. It’s kind of scary, but that’s what we’re aiming to show,” said Texas Law Student and Liberator architect Cody Wilson. “Anywhere there’s a computer and an Internet connection, there would be the promise of a gun.”
New York Congressman Steve Israel went on the record saying:
“Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser. Now that this technology appears to be upon us, we need to act now to extend the ban on plastic firearms.”
New York Senator Charles Schumer similarly echoed:
“A terrorist, someone who’s mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage,”
The worms are now fully out of the can. Your thoughts?
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