3D-printed gun plans trigger response by the US State Department


Last week, Texas law student Cody Wilson fired a real bullet from the world's first 3D printed gun. Days later, his non-profit company, Defense Distributed, posted free design blueprints for the gun online. The plans were downloaded over 100,000 times before the US State Department accused Defense Distributed of violating the Arms Export Control Act and asked that they take the file down. Brent speaks to Cody about his motivations and future plans.

You can watch a video of Cody shooting the world's first 3D printed gun here. To read a statement obtained by Day 6 from the US State Department, click the read more link at the bottom of this post.

Statement from the US State Department 
May 9, 2013 

"Although we do not comment on whether we have individual ongoing compliance matters, we can confirm that the Department has been in communication with the company.

Exports of non-automatic and semi-automatic firearms up to .50 caliber are controlled under the U.S. Munitions List. In accordance with the Arms Export Control Act, any person who engages in the U.S. in the business of manufacturing or exporting defense articles, furnishing defense services, or engages in arms brokering covered by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is required to register with the State Department (via the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls). Separate from the registration requirement, licenses are needed for exports of defense articles in most cases. The U.S. government views the export of defense articles and defense services as an integral part of safeguarding U.S. national security and furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives. 

The United States is cognizant of the potentially adverse consequences of indiscriminate arms transfers and, therefore, strictly regulates exports of defense items and technologies to protect its national interests and those interests in peace and security of the broader international community."
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