Feds demand removal of 3-D printable gun plans from the Internet

posted at 10:11 pm on May 9, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It was the State Department. The alleged offense, a possible export law violation:

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 Defcad.org. 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.”

Wilson will remove the files, he said, until State has performed its reviews, though somehow I doubt State will be quick or straightforward about the determination process, lest it allow Wilson to put the plans back up. But this is the Internet, man. The plans for the “Liberator” handgun were downloaded 100,000 times in two days.

Laying aside how anyone feels about the printable gun in particular, it is a particularly illustrative example of how fast technology can outstrip regulation, leaving bureaucrats in the dust as free people invent things regulators had never even contemplated. As technology gets better faster, it’s a train running far ahead of regulators’ ability to lay down track. To some, this is petrifying. To others, exciting. The reality of a 3-D printable gun has led to a bunch of predictable pants-wetting over what to do about it. But what’s more interesting, and relevant to anyone who’s keen on the huge societal development that is home manufacturing, are the ways liberals are already dreaming up to thwart the 3-D gun.

The battle over these plans touches on the Second Amendment, of course, but the distribution of 3-D printing plans is a First Amendment issue, which will make regulators sad about their impotence. Reason magazine lays out some of the statist fantasies already being indulged as possible remedy. They turn, ironically, to the hope the gun industry will back legislation to crush 3-D guns as record companies did to crush file sharing. Or, failing that, maybe censorship and burdensome regulation of in-home printers?

Manjoo then appeals to the “3-D gun movement’s fundamental error—their belief that information can’t be controlled.” That’s right, he sees salvation through the power of censorship:

[I]f the authorities set their mind to it, they can bankrupt you for sharing songs online. Countries where guns are already strictly curbed could impose similarly harsh measures against the distribution of plans for 3-D guns—and if they enforce them strictly, they might well limit their availability.

Frankly, I have a hard time believing that U.S. courts that found the sharing of source code for once strictly regulated encryption software to be protected by the First Amendment won’t see similar free speech concerns in the sharing of firearms designs on the Internet. And the Internet is a world-wide network; you need only one jurisdiction friendly to free speech to defeat censorship efforts elsewhere. Internet censorhip has never been successful, and it seems a faint hope for controlling the distribution of 3D printer designs.

Manjoo then suggests curbs on 3D printers:

[I]t’s conceivable that lawmakers would impose severe restrictions on the 3-D printer industry, which, of course, isn’t protected by the Second Amendment. Lawmakers could require 3-D printer manufacturers to prevent their machines from printing certain files—in the same way your DVD player can’t play movies from a different region—and impose harsh penalties for circumventing those rules. They could even make you register your printer the way you’ve got to register your car.

Is there anybody left who doesn’t know how easy it is to bypass those region restrictions on a DVD player or computer? Even if some variant of “region restriction” software were built into 3D printers — say, the sort comparable to the type that’s supposed to prevent photocopiers and printers from knocking off currency — it would have an even tougher job of recognizing ever-morphing 3D designs than printers do of recognizing relatively static images of $20 bills. And that restrictive software has been so (un)successful that 60 percent of counterfeit bills recovered in recent years were created on ink-jet printers.

Eh, good luck with that. The “Liberator” is already out there, as will be plans for any number of things your neighborhood busy-body or federal bureaucrat might find objectionable. Defense Distributed says “take it up with the State Department.” But taking it up with a search engine is probably easier. I’m reminded, despite the intense irony of invoking a monarchical phrase, of the sentiment: “The printable gun is dead. Long live the printable gun.”

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Pry it out of my printer damn you!!

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Too late. The plans are already out there.

This is the problem with central planners and explains why they always fail. They act like King Canute trying to hold back the tide of innovation.

The people will always build a better mousetrap.

Damn Luddites!

Resist We Much on May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

How about the recipe for bombs and that “LEave Britney alone” video?

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Mega downloads in NZ still has the file available for download.

JimK on May 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Too late

Electrongod on May 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Shutting the barn door now after the horse has got out is pointless…

Lmao!!

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

They did the same thing with PGP when it was first published

AZfederalist on May 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Pry it out of my printer damn you!!

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:12 PM

….Bishop! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM
;-D

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Why don’t they go after pressure cookers first? People actually die from those. Oh….right. Muslims use pressure cookers, ‘ol whitey prints 3D guns.

crrr6 on May 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Oh how they fear we average Joes.

ronsfi on May 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Awesome that they are raising the visibility of this issue.

Interesting that they are trying to stop a CAD file. A friggin’ set of drawings. For a single shot pistol.

Let’s face it. It is already easy enough to make a ZIP gun by visiting your local hardware store. Rubber bands, nail, pipe, parts and maybe a block of wood.

Heck, even retrofit a staple gun: http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Staple-Gun-zipgun-improvised-weapon.jpg

Censorship…”for the children”…I’m sure….

What’s next to be censored?

ProfShadow on May 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

‘ol whitey prints 3D guns.

crrr6 on May 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Change that to young un’s.

‘Ol whitey already has plenty of metal ones.

cozmo on May 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I didnt really care to download the files, but now that they banned it? Of course I want it

offroadaz on May 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM

What’s next to be censored?
ProfShadow on May 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Boggles the mind what they might go after next…

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Bless their controlling little leftist hearts.

Aren’t they just the most darling cuties?

socalcon on May 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

So when is State planning on banning all those web sites with bomb making instructions?

GarandFan on May 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Guns are still cheaper than the printer.

CW on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I didnt really care to download the files, but now that they banned it? Of course I want it

offroadaz on May 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM

A true capitalist would sell it over the net (PayPal) in a secured zip file. Good luck.

socalcon on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I guess none of these guys ever saw ‘In the Lin of Fire’ where John Malkovich makes the pistol out of a block of wood and some rubber bands to try to assign ate the President.

Probably a good thing anyway…banning balsa wood would play hell with soapbox derbies…

catmman on May 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

It’s already out. A whole bunch of people are hosting it on BT websites. Check The Pirate Bay.

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

Spade on May 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Demands?

Listen up, serfs! The State Department Gestapo have an issue with your Liberty.

I demand the Feds stop that money machine which keeps printing up free taxpayer lobsters for Moochelle.

viking01 on May 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Boggles the mind what they might go after next…

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Lord I hope porn is safe from the ‘grabbers’!

socalcon on May 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

You wingnuttt baggers think you can take on a tank with a printable gun?
harharhar…

tom daschle concerned on May 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Because they don’t already teach you how to make homemade guns on Youtube…..

/

CW on May 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Too late

Electrongod on May 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Not too late, actually. The DMCA was a surprising burst of malignant genius. Yes, you have every right to quote the Bible; yes, you have every right to archive copies of the text for future use; yes, yes, yes — but, from now on, it’s illegal to unzip it yourself — you must use the bible unzipping machine. (They figured out that they could make the actual decrypting of the DVD illegal. There’s more to say about that, but . . .)

Anyway, they can shut things down better than we’d like to admit. At least take it out of the hands of the “most people” people.

Home printers need not print just anything, you know. And they will make the case with one horrible thing after another. And people will buy the argument, even conservatives, even libertarians. Not sure what we’ll eventually wind up with, but probably not printable guns.

Axe on May 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

cozmo on May 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I’m printing up some lederhosen for you. Just in case.

Curtiss on May 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

What about the stun gun plans that you can make out of a disposable camera? 600 volts of fun!

can_con on May 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

*

*clink* :)

Axe on May 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

The toothpaste is out of the tube.

Curtiss on May 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM

socalcon on May 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

That’s next ;-D

Who looks at that stuff anyway? You? Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I am telling!!0_o

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Da chickunnnnns have come home to roost!!!!

—- Revrum’ Wrong – Ogabe’s Chicago cleric.

viking01 on May 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Axe on May 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Deserves a * clink *

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Wilson will remove the files, he said, until State has performed its reviews, though somehow I doubt State will be quick or straightforward about the determination process, lest it allow Wilson to put the plans back up.

Cody, Cody—-why oh why could you not have emailed them back w/GFY, I’ll think about it, or Stand down biches?

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

What about the stun gun plans that you can make out of a disposable camera? 600 volts of fun!

can_con on May 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

A pitiful little toy of a weapon that would barely stop a teenage mugger with a pocket knife. Even a store-bought Tazer, not to mention a police-issue one, would laugh at said ‘stun gun’.

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

I originally had no intention of downloading this, but now that the fed is trying to stop it, grabbed a few copies.

Here’s a mirror for anyone having trouble tracking one down: https://mega.co.nz/#!Qdww3SDC!VYrYwAfKQmYFg8fQSBtyXWhBrzR9DfOMREvznW1Nz-U

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

mythicknight on May 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Too late. Us bible/gun clingers in the I/T world already have the files. All your gun plans are belong to us.

TheLoudTalker on May 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

And that restrictive software has been so (un)successful that 60 percent of counterfeit bills recovered in recent years were created on ink-jet printers.

There never has been restrictive software in ink jet printers.

And if you saw the components for the printable weapon, I doubt they can prevent people from printing those shapes either — since all of them have uses other than in a firearm.

unclesmrgol on May 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

A true capitalist would sell it over the net (PayPal) in a secured zip file. Good luck.

socalcon on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I wouldn’t sell this because the danger of getting in legal hot water would far outweigh the possible profit. Distributing such controversial things freely will usually not get you in personal danger…selling them could.

That said, if anyone here has a copy of the file(s) or knows where it can be had, I’ll gladly upload them to some deepnet sites to make it that more difficult for the Feddies to take down.

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Lord I hope porn is safe from the ‘grabbers’!

socalcon on May 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

for the time being until you whip out Magnum Johnson.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

For those of you who’ve not yet downloaded it, the README file in the download makes for very interesting reading, especially the part about compliance with the Undetectable Firearms Act. :-) (sorry for the long post)

README file quoted below:

This is the first DD Liberator release, tested functional on 5/3/2013 and again on 5/5/2013. Design tweaks included from EXP001 and EXP002 experimental results.
Changes from EXP002:
-Barrel locking lug filet added to reduce stress concentration
-.2″ hole added to handle to allow assembly without screw. AR-15 grips will fit, but need a .2″ hole drilled .4x.4″ from corner. Or download DD’s modified AR-15 grip. This is done so you don’t need a metal screw to hold the grip on.
-SN removed.
-Hammer body firing pin hole reduced to 140mils to improve firing pin concentricity on primer.
-Trigger stiffened.

How to legally assemble the DD Liberator:
-Print (ONLY) the frame sideways (the shortest dimension is the Z axis). USC18 922(p)(2)(A)*: “For the purposes of this subsection (The Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988) – the term ‘firearm’ does not include the frame or receiver of any such weapon;”
Thus, you can legally print ONLY the frame entirely in plastic, even without 3.7 ounces of steel.

-Once the frame is finished, epoxy a 1.19×1.19×0.99″ block of steel in the 1.2×1.2×1.0″ hole in front of the trigger guard. Add the bottom cover over the metal if you don’t want it to show.

-Once the epoxy has tried, the steel is no longer removable, and is an integral part of the frame. Now your gun has ~6 ounces of steel and is thus considered a ‘detectable’ firearm. So now you can print all the other parts.

-Print all the other parts.
The barrel must be built up in the z axis.
The springs must be printed flat on their side.
The hammer body should be printed such that the firing pin hole is in the z axis.
The hammer should be printed on its side.
The trigger must be printed on its side.
The spring connecting rod bushing should be printed up in the z axis, to reduce friction.
The spring connecting rod should be printed on its side.
All pins should be printed on their side to take advantage of intralayer strength.

We’ll build the trigger first. Take the trigger spring and note that there’s a very small lip on one side of the ovular hole. This lip mounts flush to the trigger piece, and gives the spring enough clearance to not drag on the bottom of the inside of the frame. The spring’s free ends should point away from the trigger, towards the back of the gun. Mate these two pieces, and then insert into the frame.

Next, we’ll build the hammer subassembly. Insert the hammer into the hammer body with the striking cylinder facing the front of the frame. Insert the hammer pin to connect the hammer to the hammer body. Now press both coil springs onto the hammer body. When the hammer is cocked, the coil spring diameter should reduce (not expand). Once both coils are pressed on, pull one of the coil eyelets behind the hammer, and then insert the spring connecting rod into said eyelet. Rest the rod on the hammer. Slide the spring connecting rod bushing over the spring connecting rod, then pull the other spring back and insert the spring connecting rod into the eyelet. Pull the hammer back and make sure everything is working well. Pull the hammer back and drop in the nail and then insert the firing pin bushing concentric to the nail’s head. This keeps the nail from falling out when the hammer is cocked. Notice that one side of the firing pin bushing is chamfered… that side faces the hammer.

Next, drop the hammer into the frame. Note that the hammer secures the trigger. Insert three frame pins to secure the hammer body.

Finally, slide the grip onto the frame and insert the grip pin. Your Liberator is now ready to go!

Before firing a barrel, we recommend heating acetone to boiling and treating the barrel for ~30 seconds to decrease the inner diameter friction, which increases barrel life from 1 round to ~10 rounds. Note that we recommend printing multiple barrels and using each only once. Swapping the barrels is simple and fast: rotate the barrel to release the locking cam. Pull up on the barrel. If the barrel cam broke, turn the Liberator upside down to remove the debris. Then drop your new barrel in and rotate it until it locks.

*http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-102/pdf/STATUTE-102-Pg3816.pdf

SoRight on May 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Ha, you’re probably right, but in the right hands (say, maybe Chuck Norris), the resulting damage would be quite impressive.

can_con on May 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM

TYRANNY!!

……and we keep voting for it.

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Mythicknight, thank you for the link. Downloading and copying to non-Internet-connected media now. Will try and have the deepnet links posted by this time tomorrow.

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

[I]t’s conceivable that lawmakers would impose severe restrictions on the 3-D printer industry

Except there are already printers that can print printers…

http://www.reprap.org/

ChrisL on May 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

mythicknight on May 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Holy cow, what’s all included in THAT package???

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Deserves a * clink *

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM

:) EG will clink me later. We’re all just tossing our deep thoughts on the table for consideration by the committee. :)

Hey, one thing good is that the more onerous the controls become, the more willing people are to break the law.

for the time being until you whip out Magnum Johnson.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

er, what about Tiny but Fierce?

Axe on May 9, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Yikes! In the 1950s Puerto Rican gangs in NYC were making zip guns from quarter inch brass tubing, two pieces of wood, two nails and a rubber band. Used 22 cal ammo. Single shot. No computer or 3D printer needed. I would show you plans but I don’t want to go to jail.

Less lethal were the ovesized rubber band guns that used slices of inner tubes as monster rubber bands. Large spring operated clothes pins were the release mechanisms. We had mock battles in our back yards using them. They would leave a black and blue mark on the target’s rear end at close range.

Corky Boyd on May 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Knowledge of chemistry could be dangerous, let’s ban the Periodic Table. :P

ninjacoastie on May 9, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Corky Boyd on May 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

David Wilkerson wrote about New York gangs using the door lock mechanisms from old cars to make the trigger workings for zip guns. Sturdy, parts already assembled, and worked quite well.

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM

He should have said, “To quote the Secretary of State, ‘what difference does it make now’ — that the plans are already free in the wild?”

The Genii is out of the bottle so let’s all go look for the plans to make sure they are retained for posterity. When the feds do stuff like this all they do is underline the need for plans like these.

Voluble on May 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

The plans for the “Liberator” handgun were downloaded 100,000 times in two days.

That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

“…every blade of grass…”

WhatSlushfund on May 9, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Holy cow, what’s all included in THAT package???

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Magazines for various rifles and pistols. Various receivers, AKs, ARs a few others. Blue prints for ARs and other weapons in that family. Accessories, grips, suppressor adapters, etc. Some are just designs and haven’t been tested.
Some of them, like the Magazines, may require metal parts, like springs.

Iblis on May 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM

What is the file size?

viking01 on May 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Oh, and many of the designs/plans are for things not legal in certain states, hence names like “Cuomo” and “Feinstein”.

Iblis on May 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I think it was 50mb. For their “Saito” package. Not big.
It doesn’t have the liberator in it.

Iblis on May 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Holy cow, what’s all included in THAT package???

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

By special request: http://i.imgur.com/p0isaqO.jpg

I don’t think it includes the Liberator, which is what the first link I posted is. Everything in the megapack is also by DefDist.

mythicknight on May 9, 2013 at 11:05 PM

All my 3-D weapons somehow fell out of my boat on the way to Hawaii a few years ago. I blame global warming for the high seas.

Limerick on May 9, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Iblis on May 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Thanks.

viking01 on May 9, 2013 at 11:06 PM

The file is on the pirate Bay and therefore is a torrent.

Good luck state department in putting the internet back in a box. Mission accomplished Cody. They did exactly what you wanted them to do.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to get a 3D printer. I guess now is as good a time as any to get it.

Defenestratus on May 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

The Saito package that was just posted is ~460 MB. The Liberator itself, less than 3 MB.

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

It used to make me angry that there weren’t more scientists and engineers in Congress. Now it just makes me laugh. There is no way the lawyers can keep up with technology.

bitsy on May 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Cody Wilson is a champion of freedom and liberty and fast becoming a hero of mine. I look forward to more of his work in the future.

If I were Glenn Beck I would try to buy the Liberator that Cody fired in the Liberator Dawn video for his museum.

FloatingRock on May 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Diversion from Benghazi…

Skywise on May 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Reddit has multiple links to all the files, there is no way to shut this down now

http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/1e0ybl/3d_gun_blueprints_taken_down_defcad_files_are/

commodore on May 9, 2013 at 11:47 PM

One more wild goose to chase while ignoring the real causes of violence in America.

29Victor on May 9, 2013 at 11:48 PM

They did the same thing with PGP when it was first published

AZfederalist on May 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Also the shortlived voice-scrambling handsets for phones. Word was the NSA had them all crushed.

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Cody Wilson is a true political/philosophical leader. In time his name will be in history books.

johnnyboy on May 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Guns are still cheaper than the printer.

CW on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

not for long

Capitalist Hog on May 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

“Feds demand removal of 3-D printable gun plans from the Internet”

And I demand a pony.

When I first heard about the 3-d printer the news said the cost of the printer was out of the question. I later found out that we are talking a couple of k.

Ran across this http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Robotic_insects_make_first_controlled_flight_999.html

I suspect that there are now folks starting to realize that the dream of empire is slipping from their hands and it is not sitting well with them

Good oh!

enginemike on May 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Yikes! In the 1950s Puerto Rican gangs in NYC were making zip guns from quarter inch brass tubing, two pieces of wood, two nails and a rubber band. Used 22 cal ammo. Single shot. No computer or 3D printer needed. I would show you plans but I don’t want to go to jail.

Corky Boyd on May 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Or, you could just go to any basic engineering section of the State run Public Library or/and college, and well, just let your fingers do the walking.

Somewhere in my analog Internet Servers (books), I have the design schematics for the Sten gun & the WWII OSS “Liberator” pistol…both basic weapon systems that were meant to be made with a minimum amount of tools & mechanical know how.

The only drawback is the availability of brass based ammunition…but hey, i’m sure someone will not even think about brewing up caseless ammo, right?

Cuz like, that would be *wrong*.

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Apparently, what’s left after not being able to do and not being able to teach is being a pol/bureaucrat/lawyer.
Geezz, we’re being “governed” by the frigging dumbest part of the population….but that was obvious, wasn’t it?
III/0317

dirtengineer on May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Don’t just download the Liberator files, make copies and hide them and give some to friends and family.

FloatingRock on May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I heard the Depart. of Homeland Security have begun buying up all the 3D printers. They are keeping them at a warehouse next to all the billions of hollow point ammo rounds.

You can’t find a single 3D printer out there!

wsucoug on May 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

The only drawback is the availability of brass based ammunition…but hey, i’m sure someone will not even think about brewing up caseless ammo, right?

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Pellet rifles have come a long way since the old days and are available in somewhat higher calibers now. If fascists successfully ban bullet components like brass or gunpowder, in the future people will still be able to 3D print high caliber pellets. I look forward to the first 3D printed pellet gun.

FloatingRock on May 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM

So … Obama’s state department is opposed to the free flow of information? Export has traditionally meant physical goods and services moving out of the country. Now we’re going to include concepts and ideas? My, my, my. Perhaps it’s time for Obama, Kerry and the rest of the Proggies to export themselves to a country that is more accepting of their goals… like North Korea.

Wendya on May 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I heard the Depart. of Homeland Security have begun buying up all the 3D printers. They are keeping them at a warehouse next to all the billions of hollow point ammo rounds.

You can’t find a single 3D printer out there!

wsucoug on May 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Here’s a few on Amazon. And in case anyone’s wondering, yes I *DO* have a birthday coming up. ;-)

Afinia 3D Printer H-Series

Zen Toolworks CNC 7×12 3D Printer/Milling Kit

SoRight on May 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance

Its a freakin plastic hand gun, not some advanced radar guided missile.

tommer74 on May 10, 2013 at 1:36 AM

You wingnuttt baggers think you can take on a tank with a printable gun?
harharhar…

tom daschle concerned on May 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The Zhukov rule, little one…

PXCharon on May 10, 2013 at 2:04 AM

I wonder if DefCad might possibly circumvent this attempt at censorship by adding a page to their web site requiring visitors to specify whether or not they are a US citizen, yes or no, and only US citizens are allowed to DL the file. Include a legal notice warning visitors that it is illegal for non US citizens to download the file and those that do may be subject to punitive action by the US State Department. Include the text of the relevant law so that visitors will be informed of the law before answering whether or not they are a US citizens.

I don’t know if it would provide sufficient legal cover or not, it’s just a thought. It seems to me that if a foreigner lies about their citizenship and downloads the files in violation of US law then it is clearly they who have committed the offense, not DefCad.

FloatingRock on May 10, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Wouldn’t want our ambassadors to have access to such technology either.

profitsbeard on May 10, 2013 at 2:52 AM

I guess the State Department never heard of the Streisand Effect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

mpthompson on May 10, 2013 at 2:58 AM

What’s next to be censored?

ProfShadow on May 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

The Internet.

HiJack on May 10, 2013 at 3:24 AM

This reaction was foreseen and actually desired by DefCAD.

The whole point is shutting down government encroachment and overreach.

Now the State Department has given DefCAD a court case. Who loses there? DefCAD wanted a day in court.

And consider the law the State Department is exercising here… It was written to stop weapons contractors and high tech firms from exporting sensitive technology to enemy powers. How does THIS qualify? Think Iran or North Korea or our pals at AQ need these files to kill Americans? Come now. National security?

The Feds are getting rope-a-doped into fight they can’t win.

Karmashock on May 10, 2013 at 3:53 AM

ITAR relates to the Arms Export Control Act which in turn relates to Military weapons and sales…

Bwahahahahaha

I guess plans on how to make a weapon with a nail driven through a 2 by 4 is now classified as plans on making a weapon of mass destruction.

Jeebus… better hid those plans in a woman va-jay-jay if ya wanna keep them away from da GubRmint

roflmmfao

donabernathy on May 10, 2013 at 4:54 AM

I guess none of these guys ever saw ‘In the Lin of Fire’ where John Malkovich makes the pistol out of a block of wood and some rubber bands to try to assign ate the President.

Probably a good thing anyway…banning balsa wood would play hell with soapbox derbies…

catmman on May 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

That was a resin gun, not balsa. I’ve watched that movie quite a few times.

dogsoldier on May 10, 2013 at 6:05 AM

SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED !

TX-96 on May 10, 2013 at 6:05 AM

As others have said, it’s too late to stop it. Have the record and movie companies stopped piracy?

dogsoldier on May 10, 2013 at 6:06 AM

You see, the fundamental problem here is The Constitution don’t mean a GD thing to …uh…liberals.

The use of the term “liberals” here to describe those people is simply Orwellian in any event.

They are socialists.

At best.

And that is all.

Sherman1864 on May 10, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Freedom of speech includes numbers.

Set our numbers free!

Cardinal numbers want Ordinals to date, don’t discriminate!

ajacksonian on May 10, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Thank you for the link, I downloaded the file from the NZ site, just to feel rebellious against the insanity.

Two days ago, a man was arrested in Queens for playing with a plastic pellet gun with his children at a park. If you look at the video, it is clearly a toy, harmless, and not a BB gun, which is one of the made up charges against him. Are BB guns illegal now, anyway? Who knows under the Cuomo Gestapo.

The busybody who called the police is Leni Calas of the “queensmommas” website. http://www.queensmamas.com/

Madisonian on May 10, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Another day and another demand from our totalitarian state.

zoyclem on May 10, 2013 at 7:29 AM

So if I’ve got an anonymous IP address routed through a VPN while I download these plans via Bittorrent, what exactly is the government’s recourse? Oh wait, I know: nothing. They can’t track it, they can’t stop it, they can’t even tax it. Someone, somewhere on Capitol Hill, is crying while thinking about that.

Physics Geek on May 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Yeah I demand an end to feeling up Granny at the airports because we won’t profile radical Muslims.!

PappyD61 on May 10, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Too bad the feds weren’t as intent on blocking the downloading of instructions on how to make a bomb out of pressure cookers. I understand there are even more sophisticated instructions on other types of bombs out there available for download.

This gun shoots a single .22 caliber rim fire round. Give me a break. Back in the 50s gang members would make their own zip guns that shot a single round. Where was the mass hysteria then? I guess gun control wasn’t as big a deal on the left’s agenda back then.

iamsaved on May 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

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