BREAKING: US Government Takes Control of 3D Printed Gun Makers Files/Website

May 9 2013
by GSL Staff
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Breaking news.

Defense Distributed, the company who last week used a 3D printer to print the first completely printed gun, with the exception of the metal firing pin, and used the weapon to fire a .380 caliber round successfully has had their 3D gun plans taken over by the US government.

Defense Distributed has also made a 3D printed AR-15 lower which was used to fire hundreds of rounds of .223 ammo successfully using a standard AR-15 upper receiver and parts kit.

According to, the website where the company distributed their 3D printer plans has been taken over by the US government.

A large red banner across the top of the website reads: DEFCAD files are being removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.

It is unclear if the US government actually seized control of the website or if Defense Distributed is simply removing files to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

Other media reports say that the issue is in regards to possible weapons import/export laws since they made downloadable gun plans are available worldwide.

See screenshots below in case their website is down.

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