3D Printed Guns Are Getting Better, Legal Debate Still Lingering in the US
AnonymousMemberApril 6, 2021 at 8:20 AM
Masked behind an online retailer site claiming to sell wall hangers, 30-year-old Timothy John Watson from Ranson, West Virginia, is now facing up to 10 years in prison after being accused by Federal Prosecutors of selling 3D printed machine gun parts without a license to followers of the extremist, anti-government Boogaloo movement in the U.S. The devices, called “drop-in auto sears”, convert semi-automatic AR-15 rifles to fully automatic machine guns. Often, homemade untraceable 3D printed guns or gun parts have been quite controversial, with several states trying to limit sharing of CAD source code that show users how to make them.
The debate has been raging ever since the creation of the world’s first single-shot 3D printed plastic gun called the Liberator. Capable of firing a .380 caliber bullet, the gun was printed in 2013 using fused deposition modeling (FDM) on an industrial-grade Stratasys Dimension SST by American libertarian Cody Wilson. Even though a license is not required to make a firearm solely for personal use, the law prohibits manufacturing firearms for sale or distribution without going through the proper regulatory channels. However, the right to make guns for individual use dates back to the colonial period. Any efforts to
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