Introducing the Fully Functional 3D Printed Gun

Introducing the Fully Functional 3D Printed Gun

Rewind about 6 months…December 20, 2012 to be exact. While most of us were busy celebrating the holidays, Joe Johns, a reporter with CNN Money, was busy informing about 3D printers soon having the ability to make guns.

Six months ago it seemed impossible, but now, Cody Wilson, the 25-year-old founder of Defense Distributed is supposedly making it a reality this week. The blueprints for the world’s first 3-D-printed, fully-operational handgun, called the Liberator, will be available to anyone with an Internet connection.

“Now anyone, a terrorist, someone who is mentally ill, a spousal abuser or a felon, can essentially open a gun factory in their garage,” said New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Not only that, but think about security checkpoints everywhere, especially at airports. Plastic firearms printed with a 3-D printer would go right through a metal detector with no alerts indicated. Think of the disastrous havoc that could enable.

According to New York Rep. Steve Israel, “When I started talking about the issue of plastic firearms months ago, I was told the idea of a plastic gun is science-fiction.” However, this sure doesn’t seem to be the case now as the “Wiki Weapon project,” described as a nonprofit effort to create freely available plans for 3-D printable guns, is underway.

And, as of yesterday, May 7, 2013, after doing a little research on the Internet, the plans were actually available for download for free. In 723 words, someone…anyone can now create a fully-functional, 3D-printed gun.

Introducing the Fully Functional 3D Printed Gun

(Photo courtesy of Forbes.)

(Sources: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/3d-printable-gun-153109290.html and http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-102/pdf/STATUTE-102-Pg3816.pdf)

About the Author

Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.

If you like what you see, get more delivered to your inbox weekly.
Click here to subscribe to our free premium content.

comments powered by Disqus

Digital Edition

  • Security Today Magazine - April 2019

    April 2019

    Featuring:

    • An Iron Solution
    • Simplify, Automate and Modernize
    • Paving Safer Roads
    • Crime-busting Technology
    • Helping Those in Need

    View This Issue

  • Environmental Protection
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Infrastructure Solutions Group
  • School Planning & Managmenet
  • College Planning & Management
  • Campus Security & Life Safety