“The ‘Ghost Gun’ Threat Is Real & Growing” – CA Senator Warns Weapon Can Be 3D-Printed In An Hour, from StockBoardAsset.com

With the right software and the right machine, individuals can manufacture their own guns. From StockBoardAsset.com:

The story starts with Cody Wilson, an American crypto-anarchist, free market anarchist, and gun-right activist. He is the founder of Defense Distributed, a non-profit organization that develops and publishes open source gun designs.

The about section on Defense Distributed describes the company as an ‘anti-monopolist digital publishing’. 

Back in 2013, Defense Distributed gained international attention after it published the world’s first fully 3D-printed gun called the Liberator. Almost immediately, the Statement Department under the Obama administration demanded Mr. Wilson takedown the 3D-printable gun files for possible export control violations. In the first two days, downloads for the 3D-printable gun exceeded 100,000.

Wilson argued that he’s legally protected, and says Defense Distributed “is excluded from the ITAR regulations under an exemption for non-profit public domain releases of technical files designed to create a safe harbor for research and other public interest activities”.

Mr. Wilson eventually had to remove the Liberator files from the internet, due to State Department pressure.

Jumping to 2014, Mr. Wilson received the title as ‘Ghost Gunner’ and was described as a gun manufacture by some for creating AR-15 frames without serial numbers. Defense Distributed offered the internet a package including a CNC milling machine that can turn an aluminum block into an AR-15 lower receiver, the components regulated  by state and federal authorities. The machine called ‘Ghost Gunner 2’ (3D-printer) and 80% AR-15 lower receivers are still being sold on Defense Distributed’s website.

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7 responses to ““The ‘Ghost Gun’ Threat Is Real & Growing” – CA Senator Warns Weapon Can Be 3D-Printed In An Hour, from StockBoardAsset.com

  1. Interesting timing. I was just checking up on Wilson’s progress to date with his court travails vs. The State Dept. The story is timely, but as in so many of similar articles, wrong in many details and exaggerated in some of the questions, suggestions, and emphasis. I recommend that anyone so interested delve a little deeper into the matter.
    As Wilson pointed out, not many criminal types are going to spend nearly $2,000 on his ‘Ghost Gun’ milling machine, another $100 on a lower receiver, then $500 to $1000 more for the other components necessary to complete the gun–or take the time to do the assembly and testing before going down to rob a liquor store. One could probably pick up an industrial manufactured gun on the street corner for less than $1,000 with a lot less effort and time required.

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    • I know very little about this technology. However, I suspect it will follow the path of most technologies and get both cheaper and better over time.

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