The US government has ordered online blueprints for the world's first 3D-printed gun be taken offline. After the blueprints were downloaded over 100,000 times, the US State Department sent a letter to the gun's designer, Defense Distributed, stating that making the gun's designs available online is a possible breach of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
Until they can determine whether violations have occurred, the State Department has also demanded that nine additional 3D-printed gun components be removed from DEFCAD, Defense Distributed's own website.
Scrubbing them entirely from the Internet may be difficult, as the blueprints have already started showing up on torrent sites like Pirate Bay.
Video of the world's first 3D-printed gun being fired has been ricocheting around the Internet, but it's the gun's digital blueprint that may cause the bigger firestorm.
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In a video recently posted to YouTube, Cody Wilson, the controversial face of 3D-printing gunsmith organization Defense Distributed, can be seen pulling the trigger on "The Liberator," a 16-piece firearm made almost entirely of plastic. To comply with the U.S. Undetectable Firearms Act, a metal firing pin and metal shank were added to the gun.