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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them.

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What does this mean? It means that a 3D model that can be used to print the components of a working firearm is legal to own and legal to distribute. You can likely even print it and use the product -- you just can't sell it. There are technicalities to the law here (certain parts are restricted, but can be sold in an incomplete state, etc.), but the implications as regards the files themselves seems clear.

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My jihadi buddies are doing the allah ackbar chant now. Uncontrolled access to automatic weapons is awesome. Death to America.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-11 11:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Lost it or threw it? We are in Trumptopia now - just sayin...

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-07-11 01:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Lost. They couldn't argue on merit.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-07-11 01:44 PM | Reply

Is this because of the special Second Amendment protection firearms get in our legal system?
In other words, could the government control 3d printed bomb part files or home-brewed biological weapon files?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-07-11 01:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No, it was a 1st Amendment case involving ITAR being used to limit private speech.

On the second, unlikely. The fed can't even ban the Anarchist Cookbook.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-07-11 02:31 PM | Reply

print the components of a working firearm is legal to own and legal to distribute.

Only if you don't cross a state line with it.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-07-11 03:14 PM | Reply

My jihadi buddies are doing the allah ackbar chant now. Uncontrolled access to automatic weapons is awesome. Death to America.

#1 | Posted by bored

They are printing chrome molly barrels now? You are funny.

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-07-11 03:15 PM | Reply

It's not exclusively about printing. Defense Distributed already has a CNC mill available for lowers. A CNC lathe is on the way for barrels.

The jihadis will continue to us US & Russian government gear obtained through second and third parties.

The cartels already have their own workshops loaded with CNC gear that churn out rifles for them.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-07-11 03:27 PM | Reply

What a relief.
if there is one thing we desperately need in America, it is more guns
it just like gas. You can go to any street corner and buy all you desire, but we need more, apparently

Why?

Who the ---- knows!

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-07-11 03:52 PM | Reply

I would have thought the NRA would have stopped this to protect gun makers.... Maybe I'm missing something.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-11 05:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

There is only one part on an AR-15 that is a registered firearm. Those you can get for $50 quite often. That is what people mill and print on their own.

Those gun manufacturers will gladly sell you the other 500 too many thousands of dollars worth of parts to finish the carbine. None of those are regulated.

The Second Amendment Foundation press release is calling this a great victory because it ensures that the modern sporting rifle is specifically not a military weapon. I haven't dug deep into it to find out exactly what they're talking about.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-07-11 06:29 PM | Reply

Is this because of the special Second Amendment protection firearms get in our legal system?
In other words, could the government control 3d printed bomb part files or home-brewed biological weapon files?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-07-11 01:46 PM

During the Red Scare of the late Nineteen-Forties and early Nineteen-Fifties, shortly after the Soviet Russians detonated their very own hydrogen bomb, smarter people were already suggesting keeping nuclear power a secret was akin to trying to keep the boiling temperature of water a secret!

The genie is out of the lamp, folks!

#12 | Posted by john47 at 2018-07-13 11:26 AM | Reply

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