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The (3D Printed) Shot Heard ‘Round The World


As reported on the front page of the BBC News website this morning, the world’s first 3D printed gun has been successfully tested on a firing range just outside of Austin, Texas.  The gun was printed on an $8,000 3D printer “and assembled from separate printed components made from ABS plastic – only the firing pin was made from metal.” The group who created and tested the firearm, Defense Distributed, will put the blueprints online.  “Defense Distributed is headed by Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas… [he] describes himself as a crypto-anarchist…[and] said his plans to make the design available were ‘about liberty’…[he went on to say that] ‘there is a demand [for] guns – there just is.  There are states all over the world that say you can’t own firearms – and that’s not true anymore…I’m seeing a world where technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want.  It’s not up to the political players any more.’”

Quotes and Photo Courtesy of the BBC

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