Coming Soon, the Gun You Can Download: U.S.
Start-Up Plans To Share 3D Printable Firearms for FREE Over the
Anyone in the
world could soon have access to a 3D printable gun through the internet
thanks to a U.S. start-up which plans to distribute schematics for
the weapons free of charge.
a company which wants to extend the U.S. Second Amendment rights
to the entire world, hopes to test prototypes of the printable weapons
by the end of the year.
could very well change the way we think about gun control and consumption,'
says on their website.
'How do governments
behave if they must one day operate on the assumption that any and
every citizen has near instant access to a firearm through the Internet?
Lets find out.'
a spokesman for the so-called 'Wiki Weapon' project, told
guardian.co.uk that the organisation is only waiting on a license
to allow them to legally manufacture firearms in the U.S.
They have already
come up with two blueprints for plastic firearms, but now needs
to test the designs to ensure they are safe to use when printed
on less-expensive 3D printers.
will be almost completely plastic, so melting and failing in your
hand will be a concern,' Defense Distributed says.
testing a few dozen designs to failure will we discover the right
limitations to be comfortable rating a WikiWep as safe for one use.'
It adds: 'We
want to minimize negative media about the safety concerns of untested
firearms and the inevitable suggestions that governments should
protect us from ourselves.'
The group so
far claims to have developed two prototype plastic handguns. The
first, called Wiki Weapon type A, is a training gun with no moving
parts. It relies on an electrical solenoid to fire bullets but the
rest of the weapon is 3D printable.
The more ambitious
Wiki Weapon type B will have movable parts, but the organisation
hopes to refine these to make it possible to print them on entry-level
3D printers that can be used at home.
that blueprints usable in computer aided design programs will be
available to download from their website 'in the coming weeks'.
A third project
allows users to print the regulated part of an AR-15 submachine
gun, then build the rest from unregulated parts freely available
in U.S. gun shops.
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