Trump administration allowed manual sharing that teaches to mount firearms without serial number.
The Trump administration has accepted the proposal to allow firearms to be forged on 3D printers. The US government has reached an agreement with Cody Wilson that in 2012 made available on the Internet the plans and software needed to produce the Liberator, the first 3D-printed weapon. The document was unloaded more than 100,000 times until the US government blocked the site for violating the rules on international exports.
Wilson went to court and invoked the right to freedom of expression, with the US government giving in, explains the newspaper Expresso.
Thus, Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed, will be able to freely distribute plans for Liberator and other firearms. “The era of the downloadable weapon begins,” it can be read on the company’s website that will be operational again on August 1.
The decision has been highly criticized with several calling on authorities to take all possible measures to limit the domestic manufacturing of such devices.
Although it was illegal to manufacture firearms at home at the time, it was not illegal to assemble them, and Defense Distributed was already selling parts needed to do so – parts without a serial number, which prevented authorities from following a weapon’s history to its origin.
- Donald Trump says printing 3D guns at home “does not make much sense”
- What happens if the US government comes to a halt?