U.S. group makes working gun with 3D printer

A person is seen firing a plastic gun made using a 3D printer in a YouTube video. (YouTube)

A person is seen firing a plastic gun made using a 3D printer in a YouTube video. (YouTube)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

The world’s first 3D-printed gun has fired its first shot.

Cody Wilson, 25, demonstrated the plastic gun, called the Liberator, in a YouTube video called “Dawn of the Wiki Weapons.”

The University of Texas law student and self-described “crypto-anarchist” has been working on building crowdsourced, 3D-printed guns through his company, Defense Distributed.

The goal is to show the U.S. government that gun-control laws are pointless when Americans can print their own firearms, piece by piece, at home. The group has even created a printable AK-47 magazine.

“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,” Wilson told the BBC, which was on scene for the Liberator’s first test in Austin.

“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.”

It is technically legal to make a 3D-printed gun in the U.S. so long as it's for personal use and not a National Firearms Act weapon. However, U.S. congressman Steve Israel has called for them to be banned altogether.

 

 


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