US Company Sells Blueprints for Weapons from 3D Printer
A court has banned the company from spreading the plans online. The managing director avoids this by selling them – to 400 interested parties on the first day.
A Texas company has begun to sell blueprints for plastic firearms. The templates have been available through the company’s website since the morning, according to Defense Distributed boss Cody Wilson. He has already received almost 400 orders. Once printed, the weapons function as conventional models, but can not be detected by metal detectors. Interested parties should even give a price, he sells them for a penny.
With the announcement, Wilson ignored an injunction against his company. A district judge had forbidden Defense Distributed to put the weapons plans on the Internet. The judge followed the appeals of 19 US states and the district of the district of Columbia. These had argued that detectors of unrecognizable plastic firearms were a security risk because they could be used by criminals or terrorists. However, the judge did not say whether the sale of the construction plans is prohibited.
Exactly this gap exploits Wilson. The templates for the weapons could be downloaded from his website onto a USB stick or forwarded to buyers by post, e-mail or other secure download, he said. Some first buyers would have paid with cryptocurrency. With a view to the judge’s decision, Wilson said that the blueprints should not be uploaded to platforms. “I follow yesterday’s instructions that persuade me to sell the data.” The judge had been very gracious to keep that in black and white.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson called Wilson’s actions illegal. He assumes that the US federal government intervene. “If she does not, President (Donald) Trump will be responsible for anyone injured or killed by these weapons.”
The US Department of State had allowed the release of the plans on the Internet after the authorities removed them from a list of weapons and data that can not be exported.