U.S. officials told the Texas creator of a plastic gun made from a 3-D printer and successfully test-fired last weekend to take down online blueprints for the weapon, the Washington Post reports. The move by the State Department, under its authority to review arms exports, involved the posting of an online video by Defense Distributed showing a demonstration of its handgun, the Liberator.
The gun, which looks like a water pistol but fires a .380-caliber bullet, was almost entirely made on a printer that can fabricate solid objects from blueprints. An ordinary nail was used as a firing pin. Cody Wilson, a founder of Defense Distributed, said he had complied with the government request, but that he and his attorneys were reviewing their options and talking to organizations that support open access to information about challenging any ongoing ban. Instructions on how to make the gun were downloaded 100,000 times.