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Bryan Preston


May 9, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Today, the US State Department demanded that Defense Distributed take its 3D gun files off the Internet, according to Forbes.

On Thursday, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanding that he take down the online blueprints for the 3D-printable “Liberator” handgun that his group released Monday, along with nine other 3D-printable firearms components hosted on the group’s website, while it reviews the files for compliance with export control laws for weapons known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. By uploading the weapons files to the Internet and allowing them to be downloaded abroad, the letter implies Wilson’s high-tech gun group may have violated those export controls.

“Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with final [commodity jurisdiction] determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled,” reads the letter, referring to a list of ten CAD files hosted on Defcad that include the 3D-printable gun, silencers, sights and other pieces. “This means that all data should be removed from public acces immediately. Defense Distributed should review the remainder of the data made public on its website to determine whether any other data may be similarly controlled and proceed according to ITAR requirements.”

Wilson tells Forbes that DD will take the files down until the State Department completes its review.

Meanwhile tens of thousands of people have already downloaded them, and they are loose on torrents beyond Defense Distributed’s control. The genie is out of the bottle and is in no mind to climb back in.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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LOL...from what I understand the drawings for the AR15/M16 were a close kept secret for decades - which along with copyright meant that the weapons system languished with little more than government tinkering every few years.

Then one day someone in the defense department inadvertently released those files as part of a bid for public review and were immediately downloaded, copied, and promulgated - the rest is history.

So, does this mean that the DOD could have violated that law as well since those drawings are now widely available?
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Trying to control 21st century technology with 19th brains. Yep, that's the government at work all right.
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