Feds Freak Over Printed 3D Gun

Apparently, they think a 3D representation of a gun is lethal.

From Fox News.

The world’s first 3D-printed handgun, The Liberator, has had its liberty taken away by the government.

Plans for the working handgun were posted online by Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, potentially allowing anyone with access to a 3D printer to make a firearm from plastic. The plans, which had been in the works for months, caused alarm among gun control advocates but were seen by some Second Amendment advocates as a breakthrough. More than 100,000 copies of the plans were downloaded before the federal government took the files.

“[Defense Distributed’s] files are being removed from public access at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense Trade Controls,” read a banner atop the website. “Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.”

Wilson told FoxNews.com that he decided to comply with the request to remove the gun specs from his website while he weighs his legal options.

“They asked that I take it down while they determine if they have the authority to control the info,” he said. “It’s clearly a direct response to everything we did this week. 3D printing is clearly not the best way to make an effective weapon.”

……All 16 parts of the controversial gun, called the Liberator, are made from a tough, heat-resistant plastic used in products such as musical instruments, kitchen appliances and vehicle bumper bars. Fifteen of the components are made with a 3D printer while one is a non-functional metal part which can be picked up by metal detectors, making it legal under U.S. law. The firing pin is also not made of plastic, though it is easily crafted from a metal nail.

The weapon is designed to fire standard handgun rounds and even features an interchangeable barrel so that it can handle different caliber rounds.

A brainiac from the Dem Party weighs in:

……U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., has already called for national legislation to ban 3D-printed guns.

“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,” Israel said.

“When I started talking about the issue of plastic firearms months ago, I was told the idea of a plastic gun is science-fiction,” he added. “Now that this technology is proven, we need to act now to extend the ban on plastic firearms.”

Does that include toy water pistols, jackass?
More from Bretibart:

It did not take long for gun control advocates in Congress to speak out against the gun.

Wired reported Charles Schumer (D-NY) said the weapon should be banned.

On May 6, Wilson announced the test fire of the Liberator gun, named after the single-shot pistol air-dropped in Europe during World War II, was successful. His was the first design for a working gun made from commercially available 3D printers. He immediately put the plans on the website and they were downloaded over 100,000 times in two days.

“Guns are made out of plastic, so they would not be detectable by a metal detector at any airport or sporting event,” said Schumer. “Only metal part of the gun is the little firing pin and that is too small to be detected by metal detectors, for instance, when you go through an airport.”

The advent of 3D-printed guns creates a whole new front in the battle over gun legislation, as regular citizens–and potentially criminals–will be able to procure firearms without the need for a licensed firearms dealer or even a manufacturer.

Schumer is full of shit.
1. In order for the weapon to work, a metal piece has to be added.
2. The firing pin also has to be metal.
3. Ammo is also metallic.
There are two chances that the weapon, fully intact, could pass through a metal detector: Fat and slim.
You know the saying, ‘cyberspace is forever’.
The Pirate Bay says it welcomes the blueprints, has no intention of taking the files down, and has declared it will not be censored.
100,000 (probably more than that) of the 3D prints have already been downloaded.
They’re still available on line.

One the information is out there, there’s no way, not even for the government, to retrieve every bit.

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