3D printed guns

US grants first license to sell 3D-printed guns

by DAMIEN GAYLE, Daily Mail  |  published on March 21, 2013

The U.S. start-up which wants to make 3D-printable firearm blueprints available for free online has received a license to allow it to make and sell guns.

Cody Wilson, founder and figurehead of Defense Distributed, posted a picture of the Type 7 Federal Firearms License (FFL) on the group’s Facebook page.

A note attached to the picture read: ‘Look who now has a license to manufacture firearms! The work begins!’

The license granted by the U.S. agency of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms now gives Mr Wilson government approval to make and distribute guns.

Mr Wilson told Ars Technica: ‘The big thing it allows me to do is that it makes me manufacture under the law—everything that manufacturers are allowed to do.

‘I can sell some of the pieces that we’ve been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport.’

Defense Distributed has already made several prototypes of 3D-printable gun parts, including for the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which is allowed under U.S. law without a license.

The group has made its blueprints available as free downloads via its own distribution website after other 3D printing websites decided to remove the files.

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