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State Department Shuts Down 3D Printed Gun Project

On Thursday, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanding that he take down the online blueprints for the 3D-printable “Liberator” handgun that his group released Monday, along with nine other 3D-printable firearms components hosted on the group’s website The government says it wants to review the files for compliance with arms export control laws known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. By uploading the weapons files to the Internet and allowing them to be downloaded abroad, the letter implies Wilson’s high-tech gun group may have violated those export controls.

“Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with final [commodity jurisdiction] determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled,” reads the letter, referring to a list of ten CAD files hosted on Defcad that include the 3D-printable gun, silencers, sights and other pieces. “This means that all data should be removed from public acces immediately. Defense Distributed should review the remainder of the data made public on its website to determine whether any other data may be similarly controlled and proceed according to ITAR requirements.”

Read the full story at Forbes

6 comments on “State Department Shuts Down 3D Printed Gun Project
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  2. Justin Johnson on said:

    Isn't this a constitutional issue? An issue of free speech? Does it concern anyone that this represents government control of intellectual information? This is their personal information that, distasteful to some or not, they have a right to share under our constitution. For each owner of a 3D printer to possess the power to print guns creates serious practical, safety, and legal issues. However, forcibly requiring citizens to remove information that they acquired and created legally manifests a direct violation of their freedom of speech. This sets a dangerous legal precedence…

  3. Don't really know how they can shut down the 3D printed gun, I am an engineer a gun is perhaps one of the easiest things to make.. sure… just make the walls a little thicker guns are simple tools

  4. Plus it is out there… data over the web is hard to get off…. someone downloads it… and then post it somewhere else… nuclear Genie again… it is almost impossible to unlearn something and well… society is not mature enough.. and we are no Angels… we dropped two bombs and we kept a whole community infected with Syphilis just to see what would happen…… knowledge is a double edge sword… so be careful with whom you share it with… until we all grow up a bit more

  5. Justin Johnson on said:

    Undoubtably knowledge can be a dangerous thing and is definitely a double edged sword. As citizens of the United States, we have the right to free speech and this article represents an attempt to control intellectual information that was created legally. It's true that they will fail at controlling the information in regards to this specific article. However, this article sparks concern for the future of free speech in many regards. Is this the start of an attempt to gain control over what files can and cannot be owned and shared by 3d printer owners? Thingiverse watch out…

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