Cody Wilson, a self-styled ‘crypto-anarchist’, printed a 3D gun made of plastic back in 2013. It was fully functional and capable of firing one round.
He called the gun “Liberator”:
He uploaded the CAD file blueprint for “Liberator” to his website shortly after his successful test.
Within days, the U.S. State Department told him to take down the blueprints or face prosecution for potential violation of the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Law.
The fight was on.
Just two months ago, the Department of Justice settled the dispute…in Wilson’s favor.
Gun reform advocates say this settlement opens a Pandora’s Box to anyone and everyone being armed with all kinds of armament – basically an ‘unfettered’ Second Amendment.
Pro-gun hoplophiles say this settlement supports the individual right to keep and bear arms – any arms – as guaranteed by, you guessed it, basically an ‘unfettered’ Second Amendment.
WIRED Magazine ran an article in their July 10, 2018 edition titled A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box For DIY Guns.
The article sounds an alarm.
The settlement says the State Department and Department of Justice were violating Wilson’s right to freely share information and his right to bear arms. That’s a First and Second Amendment conundrum.
If code is speech, the constitutional contradictions are evident.
As Wilson explained to WIRED Magazine when he first launched the lawsuit in 2015,
So what if this code is a gun?
How, then, is this supposed to work?
Is the Second Amendment there to protect the First Amendment? Or, do we have a situation where the First Amendment somehow protects the Second Amendment?
I’m sooooo confused.
Cody Wilson is a hardcore Libertarian leaning, radically pro-gun, crypto-anarchist. It isn’t a stretch to say he’s trying to set the stage for an ‘unfettered’ Second Amendment.
In the WIRED Magazine article, Wilson says calmly, in the first overt mention of planned armed violence I’ve ever heard him make,
I’d call a militia out to defend the server, Bundy-style!
So, what’s the big deal?
The capability for DIY guns is already out there. 3D printing allows making interchangeable parts of certain weaponry sans serial numbers.
The AR-15 is just one example of that kind of weaponry.
For more on this, another article from WIRED Magazine: I Made An Untraceable AR-15 ‘Ghost Gun’ In My Office – And It Was Easy.
If that doesn’t concern you, you haven’t been paying attention.
H.R.2033 – Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act wouldn’t necessarily come into play on this issue either. ‘Ghost guns’ have at least some metal components. Case closed.
Wilson’s blueprints are ‘open source’ software.
According to opensource.com, ‘open source’ means anyone can use these blueprints, modify them, and share them.
That, in turn, means those who shouldn’t have guns in the first place will be able to make their own weapons if they have the resources, or access to those resources, to do so.
Those types of people, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, include:
- Those who have been convicted of violent or gun-related misdemeanors
- Those with a history of abusing alcohol or drugs
- Those convicted of juvenile offenses
- Additional people who have suffered from severe mental illness
Anyone else see a potential problem here?
Wouldn’t making this technology available to those kinds of people kinda sorta open the door to “anarchy”?
One really has to wonder why DOJ caved on Wilson’s lawsuit. The WIRED Magazine article states it’s likely due to regime change and a more gun friendly DOJ.
Because DOJ declined to comment on the settlement, we are left only with our own assumptions.
I’m assuming that going from what basically constitutes a government ‘cease and desist’ order to caving looks suspicious if nothing else.
Going so far as to pay Wilson’s legal fees cements that suspicion for me.
An ‘unfettered’ Second Amendment may be coming to your neck of the woods sooner than you might think.
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