A “little piece of paper” is all that prevents the printing of firearms at home using 3D printers. That was the comment made by Cody Wilson, co-founder of a company that will soon offer customers plans for printing the plastic guns in the privacy of their own homes.
Texas-based Defense Distributed has already finished three downloadable designs of plastic guns that can be printed using the new 3D technology. The company calls the new technologically tooled guns the “Wiki Weapon.”
According to a report published by Business Insider, the company has “applied for nonprofit status and describes itself as "organized for charitable and literary purposes.”
Reportedly, the homemade weapons will be constructed of plastic resin applied in layers until a fully functioning firearm is formed.
The Guardian (U.K.) quotes Wilson saying that his company is “sitting on the logistics, time, resources and money” necessary to begin offering the historic product. The only obstacle remaining is the federal firearm license (FFL) required of all gun manufacturers in the United States.
Alexander Hotz of The Guardian writes that Defense Distributed expects to receive the government green light very soon:
Barring an unexpected issue, Wilson expects the license will be granted within the next two or three weeks. Initially, the group planned to create prototypes without a license, but after the media discovered the Wiki Weapon, the group has been under increased scrutiny and several problems have threatened to derail the project.
Business Insider recounts the hard row hoed by Wilson and company:
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