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Printing Guns, Again

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Back in 2013 Defense Distributed successfully created a working pistol using a $8,000 3D printer.  This raised the specter of people printing guns for nefarious purpose and created quite a stir. The same company made the news in 2018 when Cody Wilson, an anarchist and owner of the company, was the subject of a lawsuit aimed at banning him from selling files for printing guns. As would be expected, this re-ignited the moral panic that occurred in 2013. While 3D printers are cheaper and better than in 2013, little else has changed—including my view of printing guns. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'EEmTg6WKQ7hNxVdFQAikZQ',sig:'SKxbkG3eGCdjbIkayR8fVrgLsq0P48a-1NmAHyAJNw4=',w:'594px',h:'386px',items:'1009245458',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); While the idea of criminals, terrorists and others printing their own guns is alarming, it is important to consider the facts of the alleged threat.. . .

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