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Despite Ruling, 3D-Printed Gun Plans Are Being Sold

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed says he believes judge's ruling allows for that
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2018 3:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, despite a federal court order barring him from posting the plans online. Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he started selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he had already received nearly 400 orders, the AP reports. He said he'll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the US who wants them. "Anyone who wants to get these files is going to get them," Wilson said, noting he can only sell to US customers. "They can name their own price." Wilson said that blueprints purchased through his company's website could be downloaded on a thumb drive and shipped to buyers by standard mail, sent by email or sent by some other secure download transfer. Some of his first sales included purchases made with crypto currency, he said.

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Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the State Department reached with Wilson's Austin-based company, Defense Distributed, after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported. On Monday, US District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle blocked Defense Distributed from posting the blueprints online, but Wilson said he believes the ruling allows him to sell the blueprints even if he can't post them online for free, widespread distribution. "Regulation under the (law) means that the files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States," the ruling said on its final page. "I'm following yesterday's orders that direct me to sell the files," Wilson said. "The judge was very gracious to put that in black lettering."

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