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Originally published May 9 2013

Downloadable, 3D printed guns now a reality

by Lance Johnson

(NaturalNews) What do you get when you combine the infinite technology of the internet, the creativity of 3D printing, and a principled Second Amendment belief?

You get 3-D printed guns, downloadable to anyone around the world. This kind of thinking has rendered the gun debate obsolete. Now anyone, anywhere can obtain free downloadable blueprints of 3D printed handguns, lower receivers, and 30 round magazines. These blueprints can be printed from the convenience of a person's own home, bypassing all restrictive gun laws. These downloadable files can be sent across the World Wide Web, downloaded, stored, and preserved for generations to come. Innovation and creative, collective human conscious will defend itself from the oppressive forces of control that are waring on people today.

Tools such as the internet and 3D printing will go hand in hand with personal defense to deter the controls of modern day society. As 3D printing technology grows in demand, prices are expected to fall, as consumers find it much easier to get their hands on these creative printing machines. 3D printing is now being hailed as the future of manufacturing. It works by building up layer upon layer of material, typically ABS plastic, to build complex solid objects.

Watch one at work, here:

The world's first 3D printed gun successfully fired in the US

Defense Distributed, headed by revolutionary Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas, has successfully designed the world's first 3D printed gun called the Liberator. The gun's blueprints are now available for download online. Find blueprints here:

After a year of designing the handgun, the group just recently tested their 3-D printed handgun piece at a firing range south of Austin, Texas. The test was a success.

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Wilson said: "I think a lot of people weren't expecting that this could be done."

"There is a demand of guns - there just is," says Wilson. "There are states all over the world that say you can't own firearms - and that's not true anymore. I'm seeing a world where technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want. It's not up to the political players anymore."

Governments eyeballing the situation closely

Law enforcement agencies in Europe said they are monitoring the developments.

Victoria Baines, from Europol's Cybercrime Centre, is critical of the idea, "As time goes on and as this technology becomes more user friendly and more cost effective, it is possible that some risks will emerge."

US gun laws groups have also expressed concern.

Leah Gunn Barrett, from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, has said: "These guns could fall into the hands of people who should not have guns - criminals, people who are seriously mentally ill, people who are convicted of domestic violence, even children."

That being said, the young Wilson has engineered the project in the most legal way possible, obtaining manufacturing and seller's licenses from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

ATF agent Donna Sellers said that a 3D-printed gun is legal as long as it is not a National Firearms Act weapon. "In the US a person can manufacture a firearm for their own use. However, if they engage in the business of manufacture to sell a gun, they need a license."

All about liberty

Working with the law, Wilson has managed to break barriers and change the future outlook for gun ownership and manufacturing. His prints are being made available online, for free; as he seeks no control over his revolutionary ideas. Wilson said his plans to make the design available were all "about liberty".

"I think this isn't a project about firearms; it's a project about political equality," says Wilson.

The gun was made on a 3D printer that cost Wilson $8,000 from eBay. Only the firing pin was made from metal. His first hand gun model can be printed in sixteen easy-to-assemble pieces and fires one .380 round.

Upon hearing the news of this liberating idea, Sen. Chuck Schumer from NY endorsed a bill, entitled the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, which would ban 3D-printed guns that "have no metal and could therefore slip through a metal detector."

"We're facing a situation where anyone - a felon, a terrorist - can open a gun factory in their garage, and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It's stomach churning," Schumer pronounced.

Regardless, the young Wilson believes that there's no going back and there's little any one can do to control his libertarian idea of political equality, which is spreading online.

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