3D gun printer now licensed to sell guns

A 3D-printing gunsmith gets a license to make and sell his works

3D MAGAZINE. Defense Distributed shows off an assault rifle using a 3D-printed magazine. Screen shot from YouTube.

MANILA, Philippines – The practice of 3D printing is slowly growing, thanks to hobbyists hoping to create change through the 3D printing of various items, such as prosthetics.

One company, however, may bring the realities of 3D printing as a practice into debate. That company, Defense Distributed, has received a US federal firearms license, allowing for the manufacture and sale of some of the 3D printed firearms the company has developed.

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, showed off a picture of his Type 7 federal firearms license on Facebook.

TYPE 7. A picture of Cody Wilson's Type 7 Federal Firearms License to make and sell 3D-printed guns. Photo from Facebook.

According to a report from Ars Technica, Wilson notes that it “makes me manufacture under the law—everything that manufacturers are allowed to do.” He adds, “I can sell some of the pieces that we’ve (Defense Distributed) been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport.”

Wilson told Ars Technica that he will not begin manufacturing and selling guns till he receives a Class 2 Special Occupational Taxpayer grouping for his license. The additional status would, as Ars Technica explains, “allow him to manufacture and deal a broader range of firearms under the National Firearms Act,” such as a fully automatic rifle. – Rappler.com

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