recommended reading

State Department Asks Defense Distributed to Take Down Its 3D-Printed Gun Plans

A digital rendering of the Liberator, a firearm that can now be printed on a 3D printer

A digital rendering of the Liberator, a firearm that can now be printed on a 3D printer // Flickr use Electric-Eye

As reported by Betabeat.com, the State Department has asked Defense Distributed to remove its plans for the 'Liberator," the group's first fully 3D-printable gun.

BetaBeat's Jessica Roy spoke with Defense Distributed's Cody Wilson.

“We got an official letter from the Secretary of State, telling me who they were, what their authority was under U.S. law and telling me they want to review these files to see if they’re class one munitions,” Mr. Wilson told Betabeat by phone. “That includes blueprints.”

The State Department regulates the export of technology that can be used to create weapons. The letter, which can be read below, asked Defense Distributed to "submit Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination requests" for a variety of the group's offerings: the Liberator, a silencer tool, a muzzle brake, a front sight, and other items. CJ determination requests allow the State Department to gauge whether or not an item is covered by the U.S. Munitions List, the catalog of items for which the government won't allow export under the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Until those CJ determinations are made, the State Department's letter to the group reads, Defense Distributed "should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled."

Read the rest at TheAtlanticWire.com.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.