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    BREAKING NEWS: 3D printed gun plans removed from public by State Dept...

    Plans for a functional, 3D printed, single shot .380 had been recently been posted to DefDist for public distribution. Anyone with a 3D printer would have been able to manufacture this plastic firearm.

    On Thursday, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanding that he take down the online blueprints for the 3D-printable “Liberator” handgun that his group released Monday, along with nine other 3D-printable firearms components hosted on the group’s website Defcad.org. The government says it wants to review the files for compliance with arms export control laws known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. By uploading the weapons files to the Internet and allowing them to be downloaded abroad, the letter implies Wilson’s high-tech gun group may have violated those export controls.

    “Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with final [commodity jurisdiction] determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled,” reads the letter, referring to a list of ten CAD files hosted on Defcad that include the 3D-printable gun, silencers, sights and other pieces. “This means that all data should be removed from public acces immediately. Defense Distributed should review the remainder of the data made public on its website to determine whether any other data may be similarly controlled and proceed according to ITAR requirements.” State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D-Printable Gun Files For Possible Export Control Violations - Forbes
    Here is the letter from United States Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Offense of Defense Trade Controls Compliance:

    United States Department of State

    Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

    Offense of Defense Trade Controls Compliance

    May 08, 2013

    In reply letter to DTCC Case: 13-0001444

    [Cody Wilson's address redacted]

    Dear Mr. Wilson,

    The Department of State, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, Enforcement Division (DTCC/END) is responsible for compliance with and civil enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778) (AECA) and the AECA’s implementing regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130) (ITAR). The AECA and the ITAR impose certain requirements and restrictions on the transfer of, and access to, controlled defense articles and related technical data designated by the United States Munitions List (USML) (22 C.F.R. Part 121).

    The DTCC/END is conducting a review of technical data made publicly available by Defense Distributed through its 3D printing website, DEFCAD.org, the majority of which appear to be related to items in Category I of the USML. Defense Distributed may have released ITAR-controlled technical data without the required prior authorization from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), a violation of the ITAR.

    Technical data regulated under the ITAR refers to information required for the design, development, production, manufacture, assembly, operation, repair, testing, maintenance or modification of defense articles, including information in the form of blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, instructions or documentation. For a complete definition of technical data, see 120.10 of the ITAR. Pursuant to 127.1 of the ITAR, it is unlawful to export any defense article or technical data for which a license or written approval is required without first obtaining the required authorization from the DDTC. Please note that disclosing (including oral or visual disclosure) or tranferring technical data to a foreign person, whether in the United States or abroad, is considered an export under 120.17 of the ITAR.

    The Department believes Defense Distributed may not have established the proper jurisdiction of the subject technical data. To resolve this matter officially, we request that Defense Distributed submit Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination requests for the following selection of data files available on DEFCAD.org, and any other technical data for which Defense Distributed is unable to determine proper jurisdiction:

    Defense Distributed Liberator pistol
    .22 electric
    125mm BK-14M high-explosive anti-tank warhead
    5.56/.223 muzzle brake
    Springfield XD-40 tactical slide assembly
    Sound Moderator – slip on
    “The Dirty Diane” 1/2-28 to 3/4-16 STP S3600 oil filter silencer adapter
    12 gauge to .22 CB sub-caliber insert
    Voltlock electronic black powder system
    VZ-58 sight

    DTCC/END requests that Defense Distributed submits its CJ requests within three weeks of the receipt of this letter and notify this office of the final CJ determinations. All CJ requests must be submitted electronically through an online application using the DS-4076 Commodity Jurisdiction Request Form. The form, guidance for submitting CJ requests, and other relevant information such as a copy of the ITAR can be found on DDTC’s website at U.S. State Department - Policy - Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.

    Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with the final CJ determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled. This means that all such data should be removed from public access immediately. Defense Distributed should also review the remainder of the data made public on its website to determine whether any additional data may be similarly controlled and proceed according to ITAR requirements.

    Additionally, DTCC/END requests information about the procedures Defense Distributed follows to determine the classification of its technical data, to include aforementioned technical data files. We ask that you provide your procedures for determining proper jurisdiction of technical data within 30 days of the date of this letter to Ms. Bridget Van Buren, Compliance Specialist, Enforcement Division, at the address below.


    Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance

    PM/DTCC, SA-1, Room L132

    2401 E Street, NW

    Washington, DC 20522

    Phone 202-663-3323

    We appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please note our reference number in any future correspondence.

    Sincerely,

    Glenn E. Smith

    Chief, Enforcement Division

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    And what about the 100,000+ blueprints that have already been downloaded as of this morning? You know what they say about once you post something on the internet. It's there forever.

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    ezkl2230 Guest
    I'm sure they will track down as many of those users as they can find.

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    Nah, that would be the ultimate in futility. It still exists on numerous download sites, some out of the reach of the U.S government. I know Mega has it and most likely Pirate Bay.
    Interestingly, Spain was the country that downloaded it the most, followed by the U.S. But it's probably still being shared about 10,000 times a day.

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    That file is in the wind!! It will circle the globe long before anyone can stop it!

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    Now here's something interesting to ponder.....

    My high school has a 3-D printer in our CAD classroom.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote."
    ~ Benjamin Franklin (maybe)

  8. The file is already all over and easy enough to get. It will never be gone now. If one wishes to dl it a simple search will get it all in one zip with all the instructions and printing files as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolf_fire View Post
    Now here's something interesting to ponder.....

    My high school has a 3-D printer in our CAD classroom.
    If your curiosity gets the best of you, let us know how it shoots please.

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    You can't un-ring a bell.
    “Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
    But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” ― Steven Weinberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggy Reist View Post
    If your curiosity gets the best of you, let us know how it shoots please.
    I was more thinking a student could have easily made this ... I prefer to keep my job at the present time. :)
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote."
    ~ Benjamin Franklin (maybe)

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