Gunning for 3D printing
Facebook has decided to ban websites hosting downloadable files for 3D-printed guns from its social media platform. The weapons would be untraceable and not subject to background checks.
The US administration wanted to allow 3D-printed gun blueprints to be downloadable starting the beginning of August, but that plan stalled when a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order.
Weapons technology outfit Defense Distributed managed to enable 100,000 downloads of its ‘Liberator’ printable gun earlier this year before the State Department ordered it to take down the files in the light of possible export control violations.
However, DD relaunched its ‘Defcad’ file-sharing site to enable users to download the blueprints for the so-called ghost guns after discussions with the authorities.
Defense Distributed’s website explains that the organisation is a “private defense firm principally engaged in the research, design, development, and manufacture of products and services for the benefit of the American rifleman.”
What is the Liberator exactly? It’s single-shot and plastic, “and it’s as much a political statement and provocation as it is a functional weapon,” comments ALL3DP. “It looks, frankly, a bit ridiculous. But all things being equal, it’s a real gun that fires real bullets.”