Keith DeSantis
May 13, 2013

“I still think we win in the end … Because the files are all over the Internet, the Pirate Bay has it – to think this can be stopped in any meaningful way is to misunderstand what the future of distributive technologies is about” – Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed

Not long after the blueprints for the world’s first 3D printable gun were made available online at, the State Department has demanded that Defense Distributed remove them immediately citing possible ITAR arms trafficking violations.

Defense Distributed complied and has removed access to the files from which have been downloaded over 100,000 times in just a few days. Although they complied, the files were so widely shared during the short window of availability it is now nearly impossible to prevent continued distribution.

The blueprints are currently available on The Pirate Bay and many other file-sharing and download sites like New Zealand-based Mega, the online storage service actually “serving” the files for Defense Distributed.

The Genie is out of the bottle and there’s no putting it back in.

Access to weapons without government permission is nothing new. Those most prohibited under law from owning firearms get their hands on them anyway, even in areas where the strictest gun control laws are enforced. The battle over the 3D printable gun or printable 30 round magazine isn’t just about rendering gun control useless. It’s about empowering individuals to get things that the controllers and special interests might not want them to have.

As Reason Magazine writes:

But there’s a deeper political agenda behind Cody Wilson, the head of Defense Distributed, and the efforts of he and his colleagues to render gun control laws impotent by giving everybody the ability to be their own armorer. Specifically, the goal is to empower individuals and disempower those who would control individuals.

In some cases, there is a widening gap between what we can do and what the controllers want us to do. Technology in many ways has given individuals an edge over governments. What really bothers the control freaks about the 3D printable gun is the distribution of the blueprints. They can’t fully control the sharing of data and the flow of information on the internet and they hate that. Once the blueprints for a gun are widely shared on the web, there’s nothing they can do to censor it. This is true for any other files.

The future for 3D printing is looking bright and may eventually bring us printable life-like tissues, bionic ears, life saving drugs, livable homes and cars. With 3D printing technology mixed with the online distribution of blueprints for any 3D printable object, the possibilities are vast. The biggest threat to this technology are the controllers in government teamed up with special interests. We should make it as ubiquitous and censorship resistant as possible.

You can download the blueprints for the world’s first 3D printable gun named “The Liberator” right now from the below sites.


Pirate Bay:



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