Earlier this week, Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed made history by successfully shooting the world’s first fully 3D printed gun. True to his word, Wilson made the files publicly available online for free.
Gun owners everywhere have proven that 3D printed guns are here to stay. In the first day, digital blueprints for the 3D printed gun were downloaded 50,000 times. That number continues to climb.
Americans who prints out a 3D printed gun will venture into a legal grey area because of the Untraceable Firearm Act, but actually owning and distributing the blueprints are perfectly legal. That falls under First Amendment’s protection of free speech and is no more illegal than owning a copy of 1984 or reading a blog about anarchy.
Even if Defense Distributed’s website were somehow disabled, the blueprints would live on in an unknown number of hard drives, cloud storage services, and flash drives. Pandora’s Box has been opened and there’s no way that it can ever be closed again.
America’s love of free speech will undoubtedly be a thorn in the side of some other countries. Japan, for example, has strict regulations against firearms. Japanese citizens will undoubtedly have access to 3D printers and American gun blueprints, which will cause problems for the Japanese government.
Here in the States, Wilson is already shaking things up. NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, “It’s something that obviously is a concern. It’s something that the federal government should look at.”
Wilson was undeterred. He said, “Policemen aren’t paid to understand constitutional law or suggest policy... The U.S. government puts guns in the hands of terrorists — then waxes about the children.”
The overwhelming support of the 3D printed gun has proven that there’s a market for 3D printed firearms. With the support of at least 50,000 gun-loving fans, Wilson will have the support and infrastructure to distribute blueprints for bigger, faster, stronger 3D printed firearms. The printed gun version 1.0 is here – how long before v2.0 hits the web?
Source: NY Daily News