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Why Cody Wilson, the 3D-printed gun maker, thinks 3D printing might not take off

Cody Wilson made headlines last year when he launched a bid to manufacture a 3D-printed pistol, the Liberator. His project was called Defense Distributed, and it soon attracted the attention of government officials. They regarded Wilson’s project as a violation of international arms trade regulations because Wilson had put his blueprints on the Internet, which the State Department considers equivalent to distributing his weapon to every country on earth without license.Defense Distributed turned one year old last week. I caught up with Wilson recently to find out where the project stands today.Brian Fung: Last we spoke, you had just agreed to take down your blueprints for a 3D gun. Where are we now?Cody Wilson: I’m waiting. As you might be aware, the State Department had requested that I take these plans down while they determine whether they have the regulatory jurisdiction to control the information, and “control” has a very specific meaning under the ITAR, which is a set of regulations that govern the Arms Export Control Act. So we had to do a large filing with the State Department and the Department of Defense Trade Controls, and I am represented by four attorneys now. I haven’t announced who these people are, but these are big civil liberties groups with an interest in preserving digital freedoms and civil liberties online, and some Second Amendment groups are helping me as well. There are a lot of interested parties in making sure that these kinds of disclosures don’t need to be approved by the government first before they’re put online, which is the kind of authority that this agency has asserted for itself. So I’m waiting — literally waiting, just paying lawyers money, and building my Web site, DefCad.

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08 Aug
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