Department Of Defense Censors 3-D Print Gun Schematic: ‘The United States Government Claims Control’

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One of the key proponents of a technology allowing a plastic gun to be assembled through a three-dimensional printing process has been forced to remove all firearms-related schematics from a personal defense website that had made the designs available for free.

The U.S. Department of Defense sent a letter last Thursday to Defense Distributed, the free speech and 2nd Amendment advocacy group behind the website, demanding all the material be taken down. Defense Distributed had created a companion website known as DEFCAD, a self-described “makeshift” site intended to host firearms-related files previously self-censored by Makerbot, which manufactures 3-D printers and provides info on how to use them.

You can still visit the site and browse all the stuff that, before last week, was available for 3D enthusiasts to download. The “Liberator” schematic was downloaded 100,000 times in only two days. But all the “download” links, for all the schematics, have been changed. It’s now a “look, but don’t touch” affair.

The government censor came only three days after the group announced it had successfully test-fired its first prototype of a 3-D printed weapon it had dubbed the “Liberator,” a device whose only non-plastic component is its metal firing pin:

 

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The DEFCAD site now has an alert at the top of all its pages:

DEFCAD files are being removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.

When you scroll down to the area of each page where downloads had previously been available, this is what you see:

DEFCAD_DENY

While 3D printers are still more expensive than most guns, the theoretical endgame of the new capability — which essentially democratizes the process of manufacturing firearms and makes it possible to create guns at home, away from the existing infrastructure of dealers, licensing and background checks — is already drawing the wrath of liberals in Congress.

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  • Blank Reg

    I’m afraid that toothpaste is all out of the tube, and the government will find it impossible to put it back in. That 100,000 has already turned into millions, thanks to bittorrent. There are probably many who downloaded those files simply on principle, and they don’t even OWN a 3D printer! The future is now entirely out of the government’s control. As it should be.

    • oldamericanpatriot

      YOU ARE DAMN RIGHT!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Ray87871ADAMS Thomas Adams

      HELL YEAH ! GOVT CONTROL LMAO THEY NEED TO CONTROL THEMSELVES FROM BEING SO BITTERLY STUPID!

    • Scratch4416

      I don’t have a 3D printer, but i tried to download it anyway and save it in case i get one. I was too late but i’m not worried about it, like you said: bittorrent.

  • CJ

    Once again, our ‘leaders’ violate the principles we elected them to enforce. Anybody who still trusts them to look out for our best interest will soon be herded into pens and slaughtered.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Ray87871ADAMS Thomas Adams

      SLAUGHTERED HELL fight back , with stones , arrows , spears , whatever you can , we shall overcome this tyrany , just as our forefathers did ! HAVE FAITH IN THE REAL HUMAN SPIRIT!

    • Rod Jacobs

      THEY ARE NOT OUR “LEADERS”!!! THEY ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS!!! AND THAT’S ALL THEY ARE!!! NOT “AUTHORITIES,” “OFFICIALS,” “LAW ENFORCEMENT,” OR ANY OTHER SELF AGGRANDIZEMENT BULL $HIT!!!

  • GRusling

    While the notice claims it’s the “Department of Defense” which has claimed authority over the files, please note the seal is that of the “Department of State” and the two are NOT the same!

    The federal government has no authority at all to claim ownership of ANYONE’S intellectual property! Expect a lawsuit in the near future. The government has no more “right” to those plans than they do to the design of a Smith and Wesson firearm…

    • Texas001

      It may go to the supreme court but that traitor john roberts will agree with the government like he did on 0bamacare.

  • Robbie

    Hey what a great new invention! The Founding Fathers would be proud. Now anyone can produce a weapon at home. Maybe even children who have some computer smarts can make their own guns. Speaking of which just a few days ago a granny in Texas takes her two grandchildren – ages 3 and 5 – to the store. On the way she sees an ad for the Cricket gun that’s being marketed to children. Seems like a fun idea so granny buys a gun for the 6 year old and some ammo. On the way out of the store the 6 year old loads up and blows away his 3 year old sister. Ooops, maybe not such a good idea afterall. There have been more and more cases of really little kids lately getting hold of weapons and killing friends or relatives. Oh well, that’s just the price of freedom.

    • Cole Johnson

      wow! that was really lame! I hope you did not stay awake all night thinking of this rot! If only your comment was as intelligent as you wished! unfortunately, intelligence was completely left out of your comment! so granny was stupid and irresponsible! still going to blame a inanimate object?! why? it cannot commit violent acts! it has no intelligence like you! sorry! you failed with your stupid analogy!

      • Robbie

        Should 5 year old have real guns that can kill people? A simple yes or no will do.

    • Chester

      Robbie, those kids apparently had never been exposed to guns before, or else granny put things where they shouldn’t have been. The Cricket gun is intended more for the eight to twelve year old group anyway. I doubt that five, or was it six, year old boy could even put the stock to his shoulder and still be able to reach the trigger properly. Again, a bit of slop on granny’s part, but not a thing the gun did wrong.

      • Rod Jacobs

        He made that B$ up!!!

      • Robbie

        The gun didn’t do anything wrong? Maybe you’re right but at the very least it was gun in the hands of a youngster that blew away his sister. Anyway right or wrong a little girl had her head blown off by a gun.

        • vicki

          We long ago figured out that guns are inanimate objects. There is even video proof on PLD.

          http://personalliberty.com/2013/01/23/do-guns-kill-people-pistol-shotgun-assault-rifle-put-to-the-test/

          • Robbie

            Well we know that a gun is as lifeless as the corpses it creates. Sad fact fact is that guns in the wrong hands wipe out lots of innocent people like in Sandy Hook when 20 plus little kids had their heads blow off and their bodies riddles with holes by a gun.

          • vicki

            If a gun is lifeless than it can not create. Sandy Hook and similar instances were caused by Gun Free Zones.

          • Robbie

            Oh a lifeless gun can create quite a lot in my opinion. Guns simply create a lot of corpses and a lot of grief and heartache. We see the truth of this over and over and over again which each new mass killing spree. Actually when you get right down to it the purpose of a gun – the be all and end all – is to KILL. That’s what guns do for heaven’s sake.

          • vicki

            Your inability to notice that guns are inanimate objects is noted. Thank you for sharing.

            Meanwhile

            ~300 Million Americans did not shoot anyone. Ever.

            Stop trying to punish the innocent for the acts of a very few

            Stop it
            Stop it NOW.

          • Robbie

            What I noted was that inanimate guns are used to KILL a lot of people. What we have to STOP RIGHT NOW is our practice of letting any Tom, Dick, and Harry from getting hold of heavy weaponry and mass shooting lots of innocent people. Is that so difficult for you to agree with?

          • vicki

            End GunFreeZones. The incredibly few that can not be trusted with ANY weaponry go there to find their intended victims.

            ~300 Million Americans including Tom, Dick, and Harry did not shoot anyone. Ever.

            Stop trying to punish the innocent for the acts of a very few
            Stop making the innocent easy targets.
            Stop it
            Stop it NOW.

          • Robbie

            How many hundreds of millions drive or have driven cars and rarely get in to any trouble over that. And yet we have a multitude of laws and regulations regarding the manufacture and operation and upkeep of automobiles. Not all that many people speed or drive dangerously – for example – and yet no one believes we should do away with rules of the road. Well, maybe you do!!

          • vicki

            We have rules of the road that control how you USE a car on public streets. There are plenty of laws that are constitutional that control how you USE a firearm. The unconstitutional ones are the ones that infringe on your RIGHT to KEEP (possess) and BEAR (carry) them.

    • independent thinker

      And what is the source for this wild tale?

    • Rod Jacobs

      Robbie, go back to your stupid BULL$HIT lying A$$ liberal site and stuff it where the sun don’t shine and you and your boyfriend keep your heads!!!

      • Robbie

        Should 5 years olds have real guns that can blow people away? Just a yes or no will do.

        • John Mitchell

          Who sells guns to 5 year olds? No one. The answer has always been no! The more important question is who should decide who gets to own guns and who doesn’t? Who do you think should decide?

          • Robbie

            Well I think the manufacturer of guns for kids should decided that the concept is pure stupidity and evil and that production and sales should be halted immediately. But that won’t happen because there are business people who care more about making money than they do in the lives and safety of others. Therefore our government representatives must step in to protect people.

      • Robbie

        Your comment – although full of colourful language – lacks anything meanful to discuss. Apparently you have some issue with my argument but other than swearing you really have said nothing. Please try again.

        • DaveH234

          Rod is a bile flinging SOB.

      • DaveH234
    • independent thinker

      Robbie we are still waithig for you to provide a link and/or source for your Texas sized tall tale.

    • John Mitchell

      Gun ownership requires responsibility and self discipline. Just like driving a car, drinking wine or soda pop. Granny might have thought it was cute to give her 6 year old a beer and the keys to the sports car. Who is to blame when that turns disastrous? The beer, the car or maybe the 6 year old? Granny’s going to jail and rightly so.

      The price of freedom is blood. That blood comes from fighting for it. The blood you just talked about is the blood that comes from irresponsibility and stupidity. Maybe taking everyones freedom away from them because someone behaved like and idiot is not such a good idea after all. It gives the impression that no one is responsible for their own actions.

      • John Mitchell

        Who is going to give their 6 year old un-supervised access to their 3-D printer? This article was about the governments rights to censor free speech and seize intellectual property, not about whether guns should be allowed or not.

      • Robbie

        And before anyone can drive a car many rules, regulations and laws must be satisfied in the construction and sales of cars and in the operation of cars.

    • independent thinker

      Definately a tall tale you told although like many tall tales it does have some basis in truth.
      First: the incident happened in Kentucky not Texas.
      Second: it happened at their home not as they walked out of a store.
      Third: the kids were 5 and 2 not 6 and 3.
      Fourth: The 5 year old did not “load up” the gun it was sitting loaded in a corner.
      Fifth: The incident is not the guns fault or the 5 year olds fault it is the fault of the person responsable for one leaving a gun where the 5 year old had easy access to it and two leaving the gun loaded.
      I raised two daughters and both were plenty responsable enough to have owned a similar firearm at 5 years of age if I could have afforded to buy them one.

      • Robbie

        You are talking about a different incident. In fact in the last month or less there have been several shootings by real young kids. One was the son of a freakin’ deputy sheriff who’s really young son got hold of his service revolver and blew someone away!

        • independent thinker

          No, I am talking about the link YOU provided that told about the Kentucky incident NOT an incident in Texas.

    • texastwin827

      Robbie, no granny in Texas bought their grandson a gun, that killed her granddaughter, so if you are going to “report” something, at least get your facts straight!

      The ONLY story, that happened a few days ago, was in Kentucky, not Texas. A 5 yr old shot & killed his 2 yr old sister…and it was his daddy, not his granny, that bought the gun for him, for his birthday.

      • Robbie

        Actually it was a couple of weeks ago. Mind you this is happening so often now that you may well be correct also. And in Georgia also a month ago a youngster picked up a gun, went next door and blew his younger friend away. But it is somewhat troubling that you are more concerned about getting every detail exact but you seem not to care two bits about all these kids blowing people away with guns that are all to readily available to them.

        • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.walterii Daniel J Walter II

          Can you say something other than “blew someone away”? It would help me believe that you aren’t just regurgitating some rhetoric that you heard and that you are actually capable of thought. Guns don’t belong in the hands of children, That’s not a reason to take them away from adults.

          • Robbie

            I use that term because I was so shaken after the Newtown mass killing spree by the gunman when the bodies of those dead children were described. Some were shot at such close rage by the gunman that their bodies were literally torn to shreds. That was why some of the parents were not allowed to see what was left of their little ones. There literally was not much left to see. Such was the force of the heavy weaponry used by that man with the gun. I apologize if it grieves you to discover such things but there you have it. No one wants to take away guns from all adults. What is needed is better control of sale of guns and who gets to own them so that mass shootings in school classrooms, theatres, malls, college campus’ etc can be reduced. You say that guns do not belong in the hands of children and, of course, you are correct. You believe that for good reason. And there are those of us who also believe that guns should not be in the hands of nut cases, criminals, and such like. We do need better background checks on any potential gun buyer. hopefully you believe the same thing and that you are not prone to “regurgitating some rhetoric that you heard” from the NRA or Rush. Don’t be afraid. You live in the most democratic country in the world. Join the majority who want to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

  • Wellarmed

    This is an incredible breakthrough, and the timing of its release to the public I find to be rather pressing at this stage in our countries history. It gives me hope when little is remaining that no matter how authoritarian our government wishes to become that Americans will always be able to adapt, circumvent, and prevail regardless of the oligarchs wishes.

    • vicki

      There are MANY sources of information on gunsmithing. It is not a new field of science. http://thehomegunsmith.com/ is one

      • Wellarmed

        Thank you for the link Vicki, but I already have a fairly good handle on gun manufacturing if the need arises. I agree with you that this is not a new field of science, but I would take exception to your statements if they imply that this new printing process is not a game changer.

        The ability to print versus machine/stamp/cast are dramatic. This new method of manufacturing will not necessarily render former methods of firearms manufacture irrelevant, but it will allow the American people access to arms in any region regardless of our governments attempts to restrict that right.

  • Embermage

    Aww too bad for them alot of us downloaded it before they could take it offline. It is already floating around as a bittorrent way beyond their ability to control access. Some people are already working on UUencoding it and publishing the files as an ebook which would then really put it into the 1st Admendment arena, just like PGP did many years ago. Molan Labe liberals!

  • Texas001

    Here we go. We are becoming Germany in circa 1930. Hitler didn’t confiscate the guns, the citizens were directed to turn them in and if they did not-capital punishment.

  • Texas001

    If I had downloaded the information I would send it to every one of you that wants it but alas I was too slow and it was pulled.

  • Joey Ballard

    Taken down…LOL, Its right here.

    http://thepiratebay.sx/search/liberator/0/99/0

  • Joey Ballard

    Its all over the PirateBay, Just search

  • Patriot66

    Its still on Pirate Bay, just downloaded it. I’m for anything that pisses off liberals!