Defense Distributed completes design and trial of gun created almost entirely with $8,000 3D printer.
Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave for the last week, you’ve no doubt heard that Defense Distributed has successfully completed the design and trial of a gun created almost entirely with a $8,000 3D printer. Taking a note from the simple stamped .45 from WWII, they’ve dubbed it The Liberator.
This stirred up the hornets nest in Washington pretty good. Never mind that it’s an overly bulky single shot .380 that hasn’t been tested to shoot more than ten rounds. And, depending on the 3D printer used, it could easily be just as dangerous to fire as it would be to stand in front of it.
Now, after plans for the gun have been downloaded more than 100,000 times by individuals all over the globe, the US Government has stepped in and claimed control of the information. The download is no longer available from the Defense Distributed website…but it is still very much available for download.
The real questions here aren’t really even second amendment concerns like they may seem on the surface. Besides those calling for bans on everything from “undetectable firearms” to 3D printers in general, the real question is this: can we constitutionally ban information?
In all reality, the fact that Washington forced the information off the Defense Distributed website does nothing. It’s out there, and it’s impossible for anyone to contain. They just told a nation of free individuals “You can’t have this!” Now people want it more.