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In a seismic decision from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. Department of State (DOS), Cody Wilson’s open-source 3D printed firearm file sharing site Defense Distributed is no longer banned from distributing 3D models of guns.
In the legal battle it was deemed that the ban was in breach of the First Amendment – imposing censorship on a gun maker’s rights to expression. It was also decided on the basis that certain types of guns are not “inherently military” and, seemingly, present less of a threat to the population.
Result - Homepage - Wilson - Site - Message
As a result, the homepage of Wilson’s site has now been replaced with the following message:
Starting August 1 2018, “Defense Distributed relaunches DEFCAD after reaching a settlement agreement with the US Department of State, concluding a multi-year federal lawsuit. The age of the downloadable gun begins.”
Case - Lawsuit - Opposition - Changes - US
The case made in this lawsuit is in opposition to changes made to the U.S. Munitions List under the Obama administration. At the time, computer files for 3D printed firearms were added to the list, meaning that makers of the files, i.e. Defense Distributed, would have to obtain a permit from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to allow their distribution, costing in excess of $2,250 per year.
Defense Distributed however is a nonprofit organization, and it’s sole existence is based on its open-source nature, not to mention the fact that the files are not themselves physical 3D printed guns. So Wilson took...
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