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Printable Firearms Revolution Advances Despite Corporation Protests

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Printable Firearms Revolution Advances Despite Corporation Protests

I reported on a internet gunsmith by the name of “Have Blue” who used a 3D printer to manufacture the lower receiver of an AR-15 to make a fully functional weapon that fired both .22 and .223 caliber ammunition successfully. Recently, another gentleman was attempting to do the same thing. Cody Wilson established the site DefenseDistributed.com in order to facilitate the creation of downloadable gun design blueprints. However, their plans were cut short when the 3D printer they received on lease was immediately picked up by the company claiming they were violating the law in what they were doing.

“They came for it straight up,” Cody Wilson, director of Defense Distributed, the online collective that oversees the Wiki project, tells Danger Room. “I didn’t even have it out of the box.” Wilson, who is a second-year law student at the University of Texas at Austin, had leased the printer earlier in September after his group raised $20,000 online. As well as using the funds to build a pistol, the Wiki Weapon project aimed to eventually provide a platform for anyone to share 3-D weapons schematics online. Eventually, the group hoped, anyone could download the open source blueprints and build weapons at home.

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    Back in the day, folks would make zip guns, pen guns, cane guns. The truth is a person who is intent on making an illegal firearm is going to find a way. The big question folks need to ask is WHY would you want to make a gun at home versus purchasing one that meets federal firearm safety standards and next just how illegal is making a gun at home (what the penalty)… so lets look at some facts. 1. The cost of a good 3D printer CAPABLE of ACCURATELY producing within design specs of .00001 inch… about $20,000 2. Your average 3D printer an only produce tolerances up to .08 inch, far less than what would make a SAFE or accurate gun. 3. 18 U.S.C. § 933(a) provides that… No person shall engage in the business of importing, MANUFACTURING, or dealing in firearms, or importing or manufacturing ammunition, until he has filed an application with and received a license to do so from the Attorney General. 4. 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(A)(ii) provides that… An offense… involving manufacturing, distributing, or possessing with intent to manufacture or distribute… for which a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years or more is prescribed by law. I can go on and on as the law also provides for fines to be levied against offenders ranging from $1000 up to $25,000 ‘per occurence’ (read per illegal gun produced). 5. Material… 3D printers is basic ABS plastic to ‘print’ their objects. Did you get that? ABS plastic! the ABS that is available for use in 3D printers simply does not have the same physical tolerances as the plastics used by licensed gun manufactures, especially in those critical parts such as receivers, lowers, frames, etc… I’m not going to get into the physics and properties argument here. Look it up. The simple truth is can you make a gun at home that can fire a low pressure round like a .22? Sure folks have been doing it for a century. Can you ramp it up to a higher caliber like the .223… Yep, but you might want to think twice of firing it repeatedly (such as in semi-auto mode) or more than 2-3-4-5 times, because that ABS plastic part, the ABS material itself is not designed to withstand the pressure tolerances and you will risk the gun blowing up in your hand. So let’s look at the INTENT of a person who KNOWINGLY produces a firearm against the published law. A political statement? Perhaps. News agencies have ‘gone undercover’ and perpetrated illegal acts while in the process of reporting the news are protected under the First Amendment. However journalists do not show encourage others, nor do they make the ‘blueprints’ available to others which would allow them to also break the law as is the case here Cody Wilson when he established the site DefenseDistributed.com in order to facilitate the creation of downloadable gun design blueprints. His intent was clear, to provide this to persons to facilitate the illegal manufacture of firearms using current technologies. Wiki Weapons was formed to show the public just how easy it was to make a gun at home (which folks have been doing for more than 100 years). In other words, Wiki weapons, Cody Wilson appear not to have public safety at heart to present a journalistic investigation as much as to make a profit selling gun designs to those who are intent on making illegal guns. They are guilt of facilitating the crime and are punishable under the law. All that said, having to spend about $20,000 on a machine ACCURATE enough to produce the parts (that does not cover the costs of materials); risking up to 10 years in prison (and being barred from ever owning a firearm again for the rest of your life), risking fines up to $25,000 for each illegally produced gun simply is not as economical as going to a licensed firearms dealer and purchasing a quality made legal firearm for a $399. Wiki Weapons and Cody Wilson… Journalists in search for the truth? Criminal opportunists exploiting current technology and encouraging others to facilitate crimes for a profit? There’s a saying in my industry… if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck… It’s a duck.

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