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May 10th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

3D gun printing website told to cease and desist

Back in March Cody Wilson promised, on The Lead, that he would have a guide to a 3D printable gun ready to be downloaded from his Defense Distributed website by the end of April.

On Monday Wilson did just that, swiftly followed by a letter from the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls ordering the shutdown of the site immediately.

Thursday morning Defense Distributed Tweeted, “#DEFCAD has gone dark… Take it up with the Secretary of State.”

In response to the release of the 3D printable gun guide Rep. Steve Israel said on The Lead, “It’s getting easier and easier to make these weapons. We shouldn’t make it easier for terrorists and criminals to bring these plastic weapons on to planes.”

But Wilson told CNN that the TSA uses advanced imaging technologies that ensure the guns are detectable when passengers enter airport security.

Wilson also pushed back on the idea that the 3D guns would not operate effectively.

“We’ve tested multiple prototypes, multiple times. I love it that so called experts might have an opinion about something they’ve never tried to do before,” said Wilson.

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