3D Printable Hand Gun Liberator Ordered To Shut Down By Government

Adan Salazar

Prison Planet.com
May 9, 2013

On the Thusday, May 9 edition of the Alex Jones Show, 3D printing guru Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed announced that the US Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, Enforcement Division (DTCC/END) has sent him a letter requesting the group remove all data from public access immediately.

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The letter, issued by the US Department of State, says:

“DTCC/END is conducting a review of technical data made publicly available by Defense Distributed through its 3D printing website, DEFCAD.org, the majority of which appear to be related to items in Category I of the USML. Defense Distributed may have released ITAR-controlled technical data without required prior authorization from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), a violation of the ITAR.”

USML stands for United States Munitions List, and ITAR stands for the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

According to the letter, “Pursuant to § 127.1 of the ITAR it is unlawful to export any defense article or technical data for which a license or written approval is required without first obtaining the required authorization from the DTCC.

Further in the letter, it lists the 3D printable gun files available through DEFCAD.org that the DTCC says violate the ITAR.

“The Department believes Defense Distributed may not have established the proper jurisdiction of the subject technical data. To resolve this matter officially, we request that Defense Distributed submit Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination requests for the following selection of data files available on DEFCAD.org, and any other technical data for which Defense Distributed is unable to determine proper jurisdiction:

1. Defense Distributed Liberator pistol
2. .22 el3ectric
3. 125mm BK-14M high-explosive anti-tank warhead
4. 5.56/.223 muzzle brake
5. Springfield XD-40 tactical slide assembly
6. Sound Moderator – slip on
7. “The Dirty Diane” ½-28 to 3/4-16 STP S3600 oil filter silencer adapter
8. 12 gauge .22 CB sub-caliber insert
9. Voltlock electronic black powder system
10. VZ-58 front sight”

The letter goes on, “Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with final CJ determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled,” meaning the files must comply with the UN . “This means that all such data should be removed from public access immediately. Defense Distributed should also review the remainder of the data made public on its website to determine whether any additional data may be similarly controlled and proceed according to ITAR requirements.”

Defense Distributed recently garnered major attention after they were able to produce a complete firearm, titled the Liberator, solely using 3D printed parts. Data for the Liberator files have reportedly already been downloaded over 100,000 times.

It’s clear that it was this milestone that inspired the Department of State to pursue compliance orders.

The mandate is in line with the United Nations International Arms Control Treaty which has attempted to regulate firearms by exploiting import-export laws. According to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, the UN’s Small Arms Treaty “is in fact a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.”

The following now appears at the top of defcad.org:

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View the take-down notice sent to Defense Distributed:
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More on this story as it develops…

This article was posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm


California, New York and DC look to ban 3D-printed guns

May 9, 2013

A handgun made almost entirely using a consumer-grade 3D printer fired a bullet over the weekend for the first time in the history of the infant technology. If some lawmakers have their way, it will also be the last.

Defense Distributed of Texas announced on Sunday that researchers fired a bullet designed for a traditional .380-caliber firearm with a gun built all but exclusively using digital blueprints, some plastic and an $8,000 printer. The only item aside from the bullet not printed out was a single nail that served as the firing pin.

As early s Tuesday, though, California State Senator Leland Yee was already looking to pass a bill that would outlaw other 3D weapons from being built outside of the factories where firearms are regularly assembled.

Sen. Lee, a Democrat that represents a large chunk of California that includes parts of San Francisco, issued a press release this week condemning Defense Distributed’s inaugural 3D handgun.

We must be proactive in seeking solutions to this new threat rather than wait for the inevitable tragedies this will make possible,” Yee said.

Of major concern to the lawmaker isn’t just the capabilities of 3D printer but how easily the technology can put weapons in the hands of convicted criminals and others who wouldn’t normally be able to obtain a firearm. Thanks to blueprints drafted by Defense Distributed and published on the Web, anyone willing to spend the money on supplies could essentially have a working gun without ever leaving their home.

Part of the reason we have background checks is to ensure that felons, criminals, are not going to have guns,” Yee said this week. “[And] that those individuals who have mental health issues are not going to have guns.  And so now there is a gaping loophole to allow any individual to make a gun undetected, and the guns themselves are undetected. It’s going to create a tremendously unsafe situation for the rest of society.”

What I’m looking at right now is to ensure that any individual who is going to make a gun out of these 3D printers go through a background check, just like any other individuals who purchase a gun,” Yee said.

Elsewhere, lawmakers are looking to advance local 3D-printed gun bans as well. Washington, DC council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) introduced a proposal that would do as much on Tuesday this week, and lawmakers in New York state have rallied similarly.

Digital manufacturing technologies hold a lot of exciting potential to make manufacturing more affordable and more accessible. But in this respect, the technology is fast outpacing the laws. An undetectable firearm constructed on your computer may sound like science fiction, but unfortunately, it’s already here and our laws have never contemplated this scenario. These weapons create a significant and immediate threat to public safety,” Wells said.

In terms of regulating the weapons on a federal level, the challenges that arise there may match the already contested gun debate that continues to drive a rift through Congress. “[In the US] a person can manufacture a firearm for their own use,” Donna Sellers of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives explained to the BBC. “However, if they engage in the business of manufacture to sell a gun, they need a license.”

Defense Distributed indeed received an ATF license and was in turn cleared to make and sell guns. Cody Wilson, CEO of the company and the creator of the .380 caliber “Liberator,” told BBC he’s well aware that anyone can download the digital blueprints for his DIY firearm for free and have a dangerous firearm of their own that very day.

I recognize the tool might be used to harm other people – that’s what the tool is – it’s a gun,” Wilson told the BBC. “But I don’t think that’s a reason to not do it – or a reason to put it out there.”

According to International Business Times, the cost of manufacturing a single Liberator handgun is around $1,000 in all. Aside from a single nail and bullets, the cost of making the weapon ends with the purchase of a 3D printer and whatever polymer is used to fabricate the firearm. Consumer models, including the UP! Mini 3D Printer and the RapidBot3.0 are available on some online retailers for under $1,000.

Yee is looking to advance efforts in California that will impose restrictions on 3D-printed products, but a federal ban could be in the works as well. United States Congressman Steve Israel (D-New York) has gone on the record to say, “Security checkpoints, background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home,” and US Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) has equated news of the guns as “stomach churning.”

Now anyone – a terrorist, someone who is mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon – can essentially open a gun factory in their garage. It must be stopped,” he said according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Staples, a leading US-based retailer of office supplies, started carrying 3D printers in some of their brick-and-mortar stores this week.


This article was posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:44 am

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