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Legally Insane - The Law is Funny

Aug 1, 2018

Legally Insane

3D Guns For Everyone? - Episode 43

Today Matt and Tony jump into a hot topic that’s been circulating in the news recently; the printing of 3D guns. The 3D gun known as the “Liberator” was created by radical Cody Wilson. Cody Wilson is a self proclaimed “Crypto Anarchist” and the founder of Defense Distributed. In 2013 Cody posted the blueprints to make these digital weapons. Within days of posting, the US Department of State demanded they be removed from the Internet. Just this past week, the ban on releasing the blueprints to build these guns was overturned.


  • [05:34] – The files to build the 3D gun were originally released on the website Defense Distributed. The file is only of use if you have a 3D printer.
  • [07:50] – The Undetectable Fire Arms Act of 1988 banned any firearm that is not detectable from a walk-through metal detector. Glock’s in the mid 80s were made from a lightweight polymer. You could bend them into different shapes, making them undetectable.
  • [14:55] – Cody Wilson was listed as the 14th most dangerous person in the world.
  • [15:40] – The 3D gun the “Liberator” is named after The Liberator guns in World War 2 that were known as single shooter guns.
  • [20:04] – 10,000 people have downloaded the blueprints to make this gun.
  • [22:25] – Psychological Reactance (The Streisand Effect). 

The Takeaway – Technology is evolving quicker than our laws. 

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