Distribution of 3D-Printed Firearm Parts Now Legalized

By Cassie Night — Published July 11, 2018

Distribution of 3D-Printed Firearm Parts Now Legalized

Government authorities have just lost their multi-year legal battle to make the distribution of replications of gun parts from 3D printers illegal.  Gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, Cody Wilson, is now able to move on with his battle with government authorities and will be expanding operations and providing printable gun blueprints to all those that put in a request.

In basic terms, the sharing of 3D print guns has been legalized under protection of free speech which is one of the reasons why this law suit has gone on for numerous years. It seems that in this case, cracking down on gun control directly conflicts with the notion of the unregulated exchange of information online. This therefore means that the debate is centered around a topic that is intrinsically contradictory meaning there is no such thing as being an advocate for both sides. You are either against free speech, or against the restriction of owning firearms.

This is the conclusion that Wilson's government lawyers reached. According to a copy of settlement provided by Wilson, the U.S. governments agree to exclude "the technical data that is the subject of the Action". This means that it is now therefore to print, own and distribute 3D-printed components of firearms. There is also no restriction on using the weapon but there is on selling it. Wilson has commented that he sees the settlement as "an irrevocable part of political life that guns are downloadable and helped to do that." These modified rulings will soon appear in the Federal Register.  

Wilson has claimed that "this legal victory is the formal beginning to the era of downloadable guns. Guns are as downloadable as music. There will be streaming services for semi-automatics."

Gun control advocates will not be taking this decision lightly as in their eyes, this is a huge step backwards for cracking down on gun control. Nevertheless, the decision has been made all we can do is wait to see how the story surrounding the newly legalized distribution of 3D weapon parts unfolds.


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