Quoted: firing a 3D-printed gun

“I’m seeing a world where technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want. It’s not up to the political players anymore.”

Cody Wilson, head of Texas-based Defense Distributed, which said over the weekend it successfully fired the “Liberator,” the first gun made using a 3D printer. Defense Distributed plans to make the blueprints for the almost entirely plastic firearm (only the firing pin is metal) available online, worrying political players including Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who on Sunday reportedly called the possibility of mass production of untraceable weapons “stomach-churning.” Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., last month introduced the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, which would extend the ban on non-detectable weapons and add language concerning 3D-printed guns. “Security checkpoints, background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print their own plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser,” Israel said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News. Wilson has said before that he views Defense Distributed’s project as “vital” and a censorship issue.


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  • Skip Rung

    This, among other things, will force the issue that the real risk/issue is with people – whether criminal or otherwise deranged. Firearms, fertilizer and pressure-cooker bombs, toxic substance release, etc.. are now – and in many respects always have been – easily obtained. The focus on controlling these instruments is a waste of resources (though useful for politicians whose only interest is grandstanding).

  • Doug Pearson

    In Citizens United the Supreme Court said limiting the amount of money a person (corporation) can spend on political statements or on what those political statements say is not allowed by the first amendment.

    I believe this gun will be the point where the Supreme Court says requiring guns to be traceable is not allowed by the second amendment.