Last weekend Cody Wilson and his team of gun access advocates at Defense Distributed broke ground with the introduction of the first ever 3D printed gun capable of firing a live round. Immediately after the organization developed proof of concept by firing a .380 caliber round through their new CAD designed and plastic printed Liberator handgun, they released the blueprints for the gun to the general public via their DefCad.org web site.
Over 50,000 users immediately flocked to the site to get a free copy of the plans, which anyone with a 3D printer could then use to print their own handgun.
Gun control proponents went into overdrive against the new technology. By Monday, Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who claimed the developments were “stomach churning” and “must be stopped,” was already in the process of drafting legislation that would ban access to the new technology. Gun control proponents within the Obama administration immediate started looking for a way to shut it down.
Today, they found a way. The government, through the enforcement division of US Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, has demanded that Defense Distributed remove access to all plans for The Liberator project claiming that it may violate the Arms Export Control Act by releasing technical data without prior authorization from the Directorate of Defense Trade.
What this means is that Defense Distributed has allegedly disclosed the gun’s plans illegally.
But here’s the kicker.
They didn’t violate the law by disclosing the blueprints to American citizens. Rather, they are being forced to remove America’s access to the plans because the technical data made available on their wiki web site was accessible by foreign states or individuals, an action which apparently requires authorization from the United States government.
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.”
“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. 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.”
Made available by Infowars.com
Adam Salazar reports that the DefCad web site had posted an alert to their readers regarding the government’s takedown order.
DefDist Liberator Pistol: The File has been removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.
Access to the file has been removed by Defense Distributed at this time, as their failure to comply would likely lead to the all so familiar “This web site has been seized by the Department of Homeland Security” banner and a host of legal filings by the federal government, including the possible revocation of the Federal Firearms License.
The thousands of copies that were downloaded when the blueprints were first made available are now making their way to the black markets of the internet, a common side effect of all manner of government censorship and intervention into the free market.
It has already popped up at Torrent network like Pirate Bay, were it can be readily downloaded by anyone who would like a copy, including foreigners and their governments.
You can visit the following links to download the complete Liberator blueprint, which were still available at the time of this writing:
- Pirate Bay torrent download information: http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/8449468/Liberator_-_First_3D_Printable_Gun
- Or at: http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/8444391/DefDist_Liberator_Pistol
- ZIP FILE: http://www.fatguyinmontana.com/2013/05/07/defense-distributed-liberator-pistol/
- You’ll also need a 3D printer – the Cube 3D printer is available for retail purchase from Staples at a cost of $1299.
An administrator at the DefCad forums posted the following warning regarding the government’s takedown and the current status of The Liberator and 3D firearms based on its plans:
I’ll be bringing in legal authority and FAQ, but for now, if you are not a registered FFL/SOT:
1. DO NOT print a completely polymer firearm capable of firing a bullet (barrel inserts or no), as you will likely create anNFA regulated firearm. Specifically, you will likely create an AOW zip gun.2.
DO NOT print a completely polymer firearm capable of firing a bullet (barrel inserts or no), as you will likely violate the so-called Undetectable Firearms Act.
Not listening to items 1 and 2 means you are on your way to committing a Federal crime. Because of the public profile and interest over this kind of activity at the moment, you WILL be made an example of. You WILL go to federal prison, and you WILL never be able to own a firearm again.