The Right To Print Arms: An Innovation In 3-D Printing

Mar 19, 2013

Last week, a Senate judiciary panel approved a measure to reinstate a ban on assault weapons. Those same legislators could have a whole new field of weaponry to contend with: homemade guns. A small, Texas-based company called “Defense Distributed” has been spearheading technological and legal advances behind the 3-D printing technology that could produce guns.

Just yesterday, the company was licensed to manufacture and sell firearms in the United States. Such potential public distribution has left legislators surprisingly mum.

Adam Clark-Estes has been following the issue. He’s Associate Editor of Motherboard, the science and technology blog for Vice Magazine.