Until a day ago, anyone could download 3D printing files for key gun components from MakerBot’s website. In the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook tragedy, the 3D printing firm has pulled a collection of software models for gun parts from the website. Users were notified by lawyers that the models were deleted from design-sharing site Thingiverse.

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MakerBot website’s terms of service stated that users agree not to use the website “to collect, upload, transmit, display, or distribute any user content that… promotes illegal activities or contributes to the creation of weapons, illegal materials or is otherwise objectionable”. Although stating that that it had the right to review and take appropriate action against Thingiverse users if they breached its terms of use, MakerBot’s files could be downloaded up until a day ago, right after the US President Barack Obama announced his decision to set a January deadline for proposals to deal with gun violence.

MakerBot is a New York-based company best known for its printable objects, ranging from toys, 3D portraits, etc. The company’s representative Mr McCarthy said in a comment to CnNET:” “We reiterate or emphasize the site’s focus on creative empowerment for products that have a positive impact.”

“Congress passed a law banning plastic guns for two decades, when they were just a movie fantasy,” said Mr Israel. “With the advent of 3D printers these guns are suddenly a real possibility, but the law Congress passed is set to expire next year,” he added. Obama said Wednesday that a new group led by Vice President Joe Biden is charged with developing “concrete proposals” for dealing with gun violence “no later than January.”

Via BBC News