This weekend the ATF approved "Defense Distributed" for a manufacturing license. This means the self described Libertarian/Anarchist Cody Wilson can sell the guns he "prints" with a 3-d printer.
This will allow him to raise more funds to further designs aimed at making guns untraceable and accessible to everyone regardless of their legal status. (in other words, allow fellows, mentally unstable, or criminals)
Cody Wilson has expressed in public his goal of making plans public for anyone to have and use with the idea of undermining any gun control laws. Yet the ATF issued a permit.
Great job ATF.
What should have happened is the ATF raiding Cody Wilson's home after he posted on line video footage of his illegal making of a firearm and then shooting it. This was before he had a permit.
Originally Wilson had rented a 3-d printer to carry out his schema of flooding the world with untraceable guns (the AR-15 specifically). When the company that owned the printer found out they voided the contract and took it back. (rightly fearing that they would be held liable for its use)
This prompted Wilson to set up a "kickstarter" funding schema and quickly raised enough money to buy his own. (never underestimate the power of anti-government types) The idea that you could print up an AR-15 with out the Fed Gov knowing appeals to many gun owners.
Well, now that the ATF, who is suppose to control guns, has given their approval to Wilson's scheme to flood the world with guns. His stated goal is to lower the cost of making these guns to under $500, and expand from just the AR-15 to handguns and shotguns. He is also waiting for permission from the ATF to "print" fully automatic guns. Right now the permit he has is for semi-auto's.
Just what we need, printable machine guns.
11:44 AM PT: Links: http://www.wired.com/...
The original 3-d printer was taken back by the owner because it would violate Federal law to make a firearm even if you're not selling it and to make a firearm that is undetectable (plastic) is illegal too.
the "kickstarter" fundraising that was used to expand the number of unaccountable guns being designed.