It wasn’t long after the company Defense Distributed released video of the 1st 3D printed gun and CAD files that the US government decided to shut it down. Just this afternoon we noticed a banner across the DEFCAD.com website that read,
“DEFCAD files are being removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls.
Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.“
Defense Distributed has also made a 3D printed AR-15 lower which was used to fire hundreds of rounds of .223 ammo successfully using a standard AR-15 upper receiver and parts kit. At first they were only able to fire 6 rounds before malfunction, but they now have been able to allow parts to last much longer.
One of the main things that might have gotten the government’s attention is the companies 3D printing plans which allowed for the creation of large capacity magazines.
It is unclear if the US government actually seized control of the website or if Defense Distributed is simply removing files to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.
Other media reports say that the issue is in regards to possible weapons import/export laws since they downloadable gun plans are available worldwide.
Whether you agree with this or not, you have to admit you saw this coming and you knew like we did that the US government would get its grubby hands on this and shut it down.
At least 100,000 people were able to download the files for printing the 3D gun and other parts for their firearms, but we’ll see if other copycats arise and how soon the US will try to shut them down as well.
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