A gun called the “Liberator” made with a 3D printer was successfully fired in Texas on Monday, and the group describes itself as defending “the civil liberty of popular access to arms” through “information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms.” The blueprint used to make the gun was made available online to download for free
The Guardian reports, “All of the necessary parts can be printed from a 3D printer except for the metal firing pin, which is made from a single nail. (In order to comply with US laws, the gun as produced also has a 175g chunk of steel inside it, so that it doesn’t evade metal detectors). It is a full blown gun, and recognizably so.”
Defense Distributed was founded last year by Cody Wilson, 25, a law student at the University of Texas, who calls himself a crypto-anarchist. Wilson said to the BBC: “There are states all over the world that say you can’t own firearms… [but] technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want. It’s not up to the political players any more.”
The group hasn’t mentioned whether they plan to use Liberty bullets or simply the run of the mill, ‘I will kill yo’ ass’ ammunition.