Guns rights activist predicts 'explosion' of 3D printed firearms after DOJ rules files can be shared

Mail Online | 7/11/2018 | Annie Palmer For Dailymail.com
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The US Department of Justice has ruled that it's legal to distribute blueprints of computer-designed 3D gun models.

The decision brings an end to a multi-year legal battle, brought by free speech and gun rights activist Cody Wilson, and allows Wilson to re-launch his site Defcad.com, where he hosts firearm blueprints, according to Wired.

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It means that digital firearm files can now be uploaded onto the web without any regulation.

Originally, the State Department argued that Wilson's files violated federal export controls, or essentially exporting weapons without a license.

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But Wilson, who built and fired the first 3D printed gun, argued that the DOJ's orders violated his right to bear arms, as well as the Third Amendment.

He filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice in 2015, but it wasn't until recent months that the DOJ offered him a settlement, which Wilson accepted.

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Wilson said he was pleased by Tuesday's ruling, telling Wired: 'I consider it a truly grand thing.'

'It will be an irrevocable part of political life that guns are downloadable, and...
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