“Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere.”
Or, to put it another way, “the internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it.”
On 05MAY13, DefDist successfully optested their almost-entirely-3D-printed handgun, aptly named (for a variety of reasons) “The Liberator”. It looks like they also unsuccessfully optested it at least once, but that is rather besides the point; the proof of concept has been completed, now it is just a matter of polishing it up.
And speaking of polishing things, the folks at DefCAD went and published the files necessary to print your own Liberator; however, just in case something… untowards… happens to that particular site or file,
you may download your own copy from my site here, you are out of luck on account of the Department of State being dicks. I promise I did absolutely nothing to the file except download it and upload it.
While you are at it, you may also want to download the DefCAD Mega Pack, but I am not going to rehost it here; the file is just about half a GB of 3D file goodness.
Be advised: I am not a lawyer and my legal advice is worth exactly what you paid for it; however, 3D printing a device that can discharge a cartridge of ammunition will likely result in you creating an Any Other Weapon (specifically on account of the barrel probably not being rifled) and thus in violation of the National Firearms Act (punishments of up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 to $250,000 in fines are possible). I am not sure if adding rifling would necessarily change this.
Additionally, printing an entirely polymer device capable of discharging a cartridge of ammunition will run you afoul of the Prohibition of Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 (and 2003, since it was allowed to lapse for five years before being renewed for another 10 in ‘03). The law is once again due to sunset on 09DEC13, and these new 3D printing developments have already encouraged “Representative” Steve Israel to propose legislation renewing the prohibition and expanding it to include magazines.
The fact that such legislation would be rather pointless appears lost on him.
I am not sure if those two warnings apply to devices that can only discharge black powder and cannot chamber or fire cartridges; I would imagine not, but I would not want to be the test case.
As I recently said on Twitter, book burning was made obsolete by the movable type printing press. It would appear as though “gun control” has been made obsolete by the three-dimensional printer.
Freedom always wins.
(And just in case someone does not get the reference:
I wish there was a longer version online.)