State Department Demands 3-D Gun Blueprints Be Removed

Posted: May 10, 2013 in GT, Guns

Well that was quick: The State Department has
demanded that new blueprints for a fully 3-D-printed
gun be taken offline just a week after they were
posted. The Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance is forcing outspoken Second Amendment
crusader Cody Wilson to remove the downloadable 3- D printer files from under expert laws
known as the International Traffic in Arms
Regulations (ITAR). “Until the Department provides Defense Distributed
with final [commodity jurisdiction] determinations,
Defense Distributed should treat the above technical
data as ITAR-controlled,” reads a State Department
order” (embedded at the bottom of this post). The defiant gun developer isn’t going to fight the
government in a blaze of glory, however. “We have to
comply,” he told Forbes. It’s not exactly an empty
surrender. The blueprints have already been
downloaded 100,000 times and are being held by
fellow digital renegade Kim Dotcom in his offshore New Zealand servers. For further insurance, the files
have also been uploaded to the popular file-sharing
network, the Pirate Bay (we can feel our anarchist
readers getting goosebumps right now). Just to make sure he’s an equal-opportunity offender,
Wilson argues his activities are legit, because ITAR
doesn’t apply to information sold in a library, and
conveniently has his being sold in an undisclosed
Austin, Texas, bookstore. According to Forbes’ Andy Greenberg, Wilson sees
parallels between his strife and the governments
abandoned attempts at censoring military-grade
encryption software. In the 1990s inventor Phil
Zimmermann released software, PGP, so difficult to
crack that it could have permitted malicious actors from hiding information from law enforcement. Wilson
believes public pressure ultimately convinced the
government to back off of Zimmermann. It’ll be interesting to see whether the government has
any actual power to prevent the propagation of 3-D
gun blueprints. State Dept Defense Distributed Letter (Redacted)

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