Get Ready to Legally 3D-Print a Gun


A settlement between Defense Distributed and the State Department has been reached.

If you own a 3D printer, soon you'll be able to print something a little more dangerous than your average trinket.

Defense Distributed recently won the right to publish blueprints of firearms online, which would allow anyone with access to a 3D printer to download, print and assemble a gun, according to a press release from the Second Amendment Foundation.

This settlement follows a lengthy legal battle that Defense Distributed had with the State Department that began in 2013.

Defense Distributed initially had to pull the files from their website DEFCAD, as they violated International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) protections. At that time, blueprints for the Liberator pistol, designed by Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, had already been downloaded 100,000 times.

The organization will relaunch August 1, at which point anyone who is interested can download schematics that will let them print out the parts of the pistol, and then assemble it themselves.

Other lawmakers are still continuing to challenge Defense Distributed, including the New Jersey Attorney General, Ars Technica reports.