The world’s first 3D-printed gun was successfully fired over the weekend, officially ushering in a new era of “wiki weapons.” University of Texas law student Cody Wilson launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the Liberator project, but the site suspended the campaign and refunded contributors’ money. Undeterred, the self-described “crypto-anarchist” raised $20,000 independently through his own website, accepting funds via PayPal instead. The gun is made entirely from 3D-printed ABS plastic save for its metal firing pin, and blueprints will be available to anyone through Defense Distributed’s website.
Wilson told the BBC that he was motivated by liberty to design the gun printed on an $8,000 printer purchased on eBay.
“There is a demand of guns – there just is. There are states all over the world that say you can’t own firearms – and that’s not true anymore,” he said.
“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 any more.”
He added that he was aware that the gun could be used to harm people.
The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued Wilson a license to make the gun, which is perfectly legal in the United States, according to an ATF spokesperson. However, if he wanted to sell it, he would have to have a special permit.
Defense Distributed is made up of students, IT professionals and engineers from both the United States and Germany, and law officials have been monitoring their progress.
Victoria Baines from Europol’s cybercrime center told the paper that although the technology has advanced faster than they expected, they are hoping to stay ahead of any future, would-be criminals. However, she also said that most people are likely to follow traditional avenues to obtain weapons.
Via The BBC
Images via Defense Distributed