Panicked State Department Tries to Crackdown on 3D Printed Guns. Will it Work?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The 3D printed firearm is an amazing step in technology that will do for the Second Amendment what the printing press did for the First. Liberals are terrified of allowing Pandora’s Box to be opened and are desperate and crazed to find a solution to 3D printed guns. However, there is no solution; freedom, I’m happy to say, will win.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]However, that doesn’t mean that the gun-grabbers will go down without a fight.

The State Department has created a new regulation meant to crack-down on those who share online blueprints for gun parts that can be created with a 3D printer.

Cody Wilson, the creator of the “Liberator” pistol, the world’s first 3D-printed gun, has been battling the federal government for several years, ever since his pistol emerged not only as a theory, but as a plastic reality that could fire a bullet.

Since then, the government has sought ways to silence him and others who see the potential for 3D-printed parts.

And that includes trampling not only upon the Second Amendment, but the First Amendment as well.

The State Department has attempted to use obscure rules and regulations to limit the ability of patriots to post schematics for guns online. Having been relatively unsuccessful, they are now looking to strengthen their supposed authority to do so.

Fox News reports:

A notice posted on June 3rd in a recent Federal Register show that some changes are being made to the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations. Hidden within the proposal, which restricts what gear, technology, and info can and cannot be exported out of the US, is a ban on posting schematics for 3D printed gun parts online. The ruling comes just a month after Cody Wilson and, his group Defense Distributed filed a lawsuit against the federal government for forcing them to remove blueprints of the “Liberator” 3D-printed gun of off their website. Wilson described the move as a violation of First Amendment Rights and believes that the new mandate is a direct response to his lawsuit.


“This is a direct action on behalf of the Obama administration to control public speech about guns on the Internet,” Wilson told “They cynically redefine any posting of any technical data to be an ‘export,’ and thereby claim that it isn’t speech. It’s surreal and they’re getting away with it.”


In the public notice, the State Department revises the definition of export in an attempt to “remove activities associated with a defense article’s further movement or release outside the United States.”


Included in the new provision is “technical data” posted on the Internet.


“By putting up a digital file, that constitutes an export of the data,” a senior State Department official told “If it’s an executable digital file, any foreign interests can get a hold of it.


“These proposed definition changes are part of our broader effort to streamline and modernize a Cold War era regulatory system to better safeguard against illicit attempts to procure sensitive U.S. defense technologies under Export Control Reform.”


The official added that the proposed definition changes have been in the works for several years, ever since President Obama announced his Export Control Initiative in 2009 and that these changes in definition seek to account for technologies not foreseen – like 3D-printing — when these regulations were initially developed.

That’s right, as President Obama coddles Iran and allows for them to march ever forward towards building nuclear bombs, the Obama Administration pretends that citizens putting up schematics will offer information to foreign interests who wish to equip their armies with flimsy, plastic, single-shot firearms invented by a young adult with a 3D printer at home.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Cody Wilson isn’t buying their flimsy pretense either.

“It’s speech control to regulate the gun culture,” he stated. “It’s not coming, like some are suggesting. It is here and I’ve been threatened with it and complete ruin for over two years.”

Lawmakers are clamoring for more bans and more laws in the continuation of a Quixotic crusade to legislate the country into obedience.

The truth is that liberal lawmakers ought to be scared; for those who cannot conceive of a world where government is not the center of individual freedom, an individual possessing the manufacturing capability to produce firearms represents a severe danger to their stranglehold on liberty.

The truth is, however, they fear the 3D printer like the nobles feared the printing press. Allowing more power into the hands of the peasantry is sure to upset the long-held social dynamics that has placed government at the center of our world.

That very well may be changing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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