18.07.30 3d Guns

July 30, 2018
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Digital DIY Gunmaking

Starting August 1st, a blueprint for how to build the first fully 3D-printed gun (and others) can legally appear online.

Why some worry about a new threat to pubic safety, while others say this is a non-issue.

What Every Family Should Know

What’s the Backstory?

  • In 2015, Cody WilsonA sued after gov’t ordered him to remove online blueprints for “The Liberator,” the world’s first fully 3D-printable gun.
  • Gov’t said blueprints violated export laws, a nat’l security threat.
  • Wilson argued his 1st & 2nd amendment rights (free speech & bear arms) were violated & won.
  • Settlement reached in June.

What This Means:

  • Legal settlement allows Wilson to post his blueprints online; blueprints instruct how to print parts to build the gun.
  • Blueprints includeA single-shot pistolA toA AR-15 semiautomatic.A
  • 3D-printed gunsA untraceableA (no system in place to assign serial numbers to 3D-printed firearms)A & therefore, owner not subject to background checks.

"…would enable convicted felons & domestic abusers to download schematics online & print their own illegal & untraceable guns.”
Nick Suplina, Everytown for Gun Safety Managing Director

"I don’t see it likely at all that criminals will use this clunky and expensive technology.”
Lawrence Keane,A National Shooting Sports FoundationA general counsel

What is the TRUE threat?

  • No known crimes committed by 3D-printed guns & questionable efficiency; some say 3D-printed guns will explode in user’s face after one shot. Critics argue technology will get better & less expensive
  • COST:A 3D Printers cost $5K – $600K. A standard gun costs only a few hundred of dollars.

What's next? Philadelphia was the 1st city to ban 3D gun printing now others are rushing to follow suit. Gun control advocates attempted to block the blueprints from being released, but did not succeed. Read more on our source page: SmartHERNews.com.

by Jenna Lee,