What’s the Deal with 3D Printed Guns?

People can now legally download plans to print a gun at home that has no serial number and is therefore untraceable. Make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, right?

Cody Wilson of the nonprofit Defense Distributed initially posted the plans back in 2013 but were served a cease-and-desist letter by the government for potentially breaching International Traffic in Arms Regulations. He complied, but sued the federal government in 2015 for violating his right to free speech.

A settlement was reached, and Wilson was allowed to repost plans for his 3D gun, called Liberator, beginning August 1, 2018. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asked for a restraining order to block the website in his state. A total of 21 state attorneys general sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking the government to reconsider.

“In addition to helping arm terrorists and transnational criminals, the settlement and proposed rules would provide another path to gun ownership for people who are prohibited by federal and state law from possessing firearms.”

UPDATE: A judge has ordered a temporary block on posting the plans online. Defense Distributed has complied and are blocking the download.