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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.
Congress held its first hearing on the Boston Marathon terror attack Thursday, where former senator Joe Lieberman said the people close to bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have stepped in.
"Members of the Tsarnaev family, including Tamerlan's wife, could have saved lives, including Tamerlan's, if they had said something or asked someone for help," Lieberman testified before the House Homeland Security Committee.
Congress still has questions for the family, especially Tsarnaev's wife Katherine Russell, said committee chair Rep. Michael Mccaul, R-Texas. Tsarnaev built the bombs used in the terror attack in the couple's small apartment. Investigators found explosives residue throughout the apartment. McCaul said the FBI is currently closely investigating Russell.
"The idea that she knew nothing about that is very difficult for me to believe," said McCaul. "And she's radicalizing along with him, I think, every step of the way, and is right in the middle of this."
Responding to a flurry of complaints from conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the Internal Revenue Service admitted Friday it made "mistakes" in the last few years while trying to process those requests.
Multiple tea party groups reported significant delays and excessive questioning from IRS officials while trying to obtain 501(c)(4) status.
While the groups and conservative members of Congress cried foul, the agency strongly contests the notion that groups were targeted out of political bias.
Lois Lerner, director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, said on a conference call Friday that the IRS office in Cincinnati that handles most applications for 501(c)(4) status had seen a strong uptick in applications of 1,500 to 3,400 between 2010 and 2012.