The First 3D-Printed Gun "The Liberator" Fires a Real Shot
Posted: May 17, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Last week Cody Wilson, the founder of the company Defense Distributed, created the first 3D-printed gun and successfully fired a shot from it. Only a few hours later, the company placed the blueprints online and created a media explosion. Even though the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliances ordered Cody Wilson to remove the blueprints from the Internet, they were 100,000 downloads too late.
Cody Wilson is a 25-year-old law student who believes that everybody has the right to carry a gun. After spending a year trying to develop such a weapon, the tests last week proved that he and his company have been successful. The gun, called "The Liberator" is made entirely out of plastic; however, the bullets and its deadliness are pretty real. It may look like a toy, but after seeing the video of its presentation to the world, many alarms were raised.
It seems that anything is possible these days with the introduction of the 3D-printing. For only $8,000 people can get an industrial high-tech machine that could literally print a handgun for them. The most frightening idea behind this gun is that it is made out of plastic, and basically undetectable. Even though the bullets, the bullet casings, and the firing pin are made out of metal, the idea of plastic guns is a scary thought for a number of officials. When asked about the idea of criminals, Cody Wilson said he was aware of the negative sides. Cody stated that "it was like any other gun and there were no reasons not to put it on the market".
Mr. Wilson did everything by the books. Before producing the gun, he acquired a license from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which enabled him to manufacture and sell these guns legally. For him, the idea for the plastic gun is to provide liberty to all Americans. He is patiently waiting as the US Government is desperately trying to find loops in the laws and prevent the spread of these plastic guns.