Although hardly recent, recently 3D printed 'guns' have headlined both for and against. The result is the same. 3D files for various weapons are completely available across what constitutes the web-sphere, freely available to anyone. In America, citizens can manufacture firearms for their own use as they have been able to do for 241 years+. Citizens can share that information and teach others. They can do that is any way that works for the endeavor. This requires no permission or license. A Judge ordered a specific organization to not upload 3D plans in a preliminary injunction (followed by a finalized version), yet could not/did not prevent that same organization from emailing or otherwise providing those 3D plans by other means. 

Regardless, 3D plans exist. They are available. Libraries worldwide provide access to them through their internet services, just as one might find them here. A Pennsylvania Attorney General's social account suggested that the Justice Department and/or the State Department were "allowing" a person to print a gun at will. As a reminder, those organizations are required to protect a citizen's right in this instance; they aren't permitting anything and no one requires their permission for this free exchange of information. The highlighted States in that post were in fact a rotating .gif suggesting these were now 3D print free zones. Josh seems confused as this instead ironically shows where 3D print files are fully available as they were for years prior and continue to be. The static version of that .gif below really just shows that in every state a citizen may freely obtain and distribute firearm manufacturing plans and/or manufacture firearms for their own use from sources already available publicly (§ 125.1(a)) whether it makes financial sense over standard purchase or not is clear - it doesn't, but the issue was never about the firearm, instead it's all First and Second Amendment here. Sorry AG Josh, this librarian couldn't just let this go without comment.

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It must be quite a surprise for people to learn that for 241 years (and counting), an American citizen had every (protected) right to manufacture their own firearms. To share that knowledge and educate others on how to do the same results in the most solid First and Second Amendment statement in recent history.

 

Quite Literally Yours,

The Librarian

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