Thursday, May 9, 2013

State Department orders Defense Distributed to remove online blueprints for 3D-printable gun

Screenshot of The Liberator
Defense Distributed: Defcad.org
Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

Just days after the first video of a successfully fired entirely 3D-printable gun was posted online along with the plans to make it, the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance has sent a letter demanding the removal of the blueprints.

In addition to the removal of the plans for the “Liberator” handgun released Monday, the State Department ordered Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson to remove blueprints for nine other 3D-printable firearms components.

Interestingly, they ordered the removal while they review the files for compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the government’s export control laws for weapons, according to Forbes.

In other words, they’re not even sure if it violates the regulations, yet they’re still calling for the plans to be removed.

“Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with final [commodity jurisdiction] determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled,” the letter reads, referring to ten CAD files.

The files include the 3D-printable gun, silencers, sights and other firearms-related itmes.

“This means that all data should be removed from public access immediately,” the letter continues. “Defense Distributed should review the remainder of the data made public on its website to determine whether any other data may be similarly controlled and proceed according to ITAR requirements.”


This comes just two days after Sen. Chuck Schumer called the potential ramifications of 3D-printable guns “stomach-churning. The New York Daily News refers to 3D-printable guns as “make-your-own untraceable and undetectable weapons.”

Schumer called for “legislation outlawing the technology’s weapons potential,” according to New York Daily News.

Similarly, it was reported yesterday that California, New York and Washington, D.C. are all looking at banning 3D-printed guns.

Wilson, who is currently a law student at the University of Texas in Austin, says that Defense Distributed will indeed take down the files until the State Department completes its review.

“We have to comply,” Wilson said. “'All such data should be removed from public access,' the letter says. That might be an impossible standard. But we’ll do our part to remove it from our servers.”

As Andy Greenberg of Forbes points out, while Wilson said he will comply with removing it from his site, it doesn’t mean that the U.S. government has successfully snuffed out the 3D-printable gun.

The files were downloaded around 100,000 times in just two days and the files were actually served by Mega, the new storage service based out of New Zealand by infamous internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Of course, Dotcom is now well known as a critic of the U.S. government and it is unclear if he will remove it from Mega’s servers at this point.

“The blueprint for gun and other Defense Distributed firearm components have also been uploaded several times to the Pirate Bay, the censorship-resistant filesharing site,” Greenberg notes.

There is also the possibility of other mirrors of the files as well. It seems impossible for the government to completely censor every website hosting the files at this point.

In addition, Wilson said that he is also exploring a potential legal exemption from ITAR statutes for non-profit public domain releases of technical files.

This exemption is designed to create a safe harbor for public interest activities like research and would, according to Wilson, require the files to be stored in a library or sold in a bookstore.

Under ITAR statutes, the internet counts as a library, according to Wilson, and he has also made the file available in an Austin, Texas bookstore.

“This is the conversation I want,” Wilson said. “Is this a workable regulatory regime? Can there be defense trade control in the era of the Internet and 3D printing?”

It seems that if there can be, it will be incredibly difficult based on how quickly the files spread across the internet.

Although Defense Distributed tweeted the below earlier this morning, I was able to access their site momentarily before being served another 503 error.

It will be interesting to see how this issue pans out. Stay tuned for more information as soon as it becomes available.

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7 comments:

Joe said...

The action of the State Department has resulted in the file being more likely to be downloaded, rather than less. Similar to the proposed assault weapons ban, which sent sales into insanity territory.

David A. Laibow said...

I don't intend to dismantle my 3D-printed missile silo here in Asia, nor my 3D-printed ICBM which will be on launch status once it's lowered into the silo. I have run into one problem with my 3D-printed nuclear warhead; I can't import parts or fissile material for it (I can build it as long as I use domestic materials). The only source of pitchblende in the country is on the ancestral lands of a tribe of headhunters who won't negotiate because they are anti-Semitic. "We're not selling pitchblende to any kike, you mocky sleazebag" they told me. "We watch Glenn Beck on satellite TV, so we know what's what, you Zionist swine". I've tried to explain that I may be a Jew, but I'm not a Zionist anymore, but they still won't sell me any pitchblende, so I'm sitting with 500 3D-printable accelerators in a cave, with nothing to put in them!

Anonymous said...

How funny, horse and buggy cops chasing F-16 on a slow roll takeoff for speeding.

Hide Behind said...

This is the purpose of the exercize,to test the reasoning and to guage how much reach the feds will apply to limiting not Just a gun but the tech of the three D.
REMEMBER THESE WERE INDUSTRIAL APPS ORIGINALLY AND SOME USED AS TEcHNICAL EXPERIMENTS bUT TODAY ALMOST EVERY DAMN THING wE CAN GET CAN BE FIGURED OUT IN ALMOST no time and new partsade and tested.
Polymer research and carbon fibers and even dome biotech animal hybrid materials are super strong and readily available.
COMPOUNDS AND COMPOUNDERS FOR THE MIXING ANS ALSO YHE METALIC ORIENTATION OF MOLECULES COMBINED WITH POLYMSRE THE STRENGTH IS KNOW TO BE THERE

ASOME POLYMERS HAVE BEEN USED GOR ROCKET ENGINES AND OTHER VERY HIGH TEMP AND PRESSURE VALUES.
there is no such thing as free society and the free use of any tech that vould upsrt the financial applecart is well regulated nomatter nation of origin.Question why now so many used machines out there for sale tat prices fall on used almost daily while newer ones. Especially ones for bio research and body rebuildinng going through roof.

Anonymous said...

The wicked should be more worried about the coming judgment of the living God than some plastic gun. Do not fear man in whom is the breath of life but rather fear God who has the power and the authority to hurl you into the lake of fire where you will have an eternity to reap what you have sewn.

Anonymous said...

ZIP GUNS, People ......... look up the 1950's Zip Guns. Easier to make. Same single shot .. and very "retro".

Anonymous said...

Fuck off, Jesus-Boy. Keep your delusions to yourself.

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