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Firearms enthusiast wins 3d printer gun license


By John Glenday, Reporter

March 18, 2013 | 1 min read

An American gunsmith has been granted the world’s first license to produce and sell firearms via a 3d printer.

Cody Wilson, a Texas law student, branched out into arms manufacture after producing several prototypes in his bedroom – including an AR-15 semi-automatic.

He is part of Defense Distributed, a group seeking to bolster public access to guns to counter growing moves to curb ownership in the wake of a series of massacres.

Wilson said: “The big thing it allows me to do is that it makes me manufacture under the law – everything that manufacturers are allowed to do,’ said the 25-year-old founder of Defense Distributed.

“I can sell some of the pieces that we’ve been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport.”

The American bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took six months to process the application but he will not fire up the production line until he secures a permit to deal in weaponry with greater firepower, such as semi-automatics.


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