“I think information will be free, and it wants to be.”
May 10, 2013
Yesterday, Infowars.com broke news that the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC) Enforcement Division had issued a take down notice to Austin-based 3D gun printing company Defense Distributed declaring the group’s open distribution of 3D gun part files on the Internet potentially violated export laws explicit in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR.
The notice came just days after the group finally managed a fully-functional gun using mainly parts printed from a 3D printer, and aimed to have Defense Distributed cite their “procedures for determining proper jurisdiction of technical data,” data which, at this point the DTCC says, could be in violation of § 120.17 of the ITAR.
Not Entirely Unexpected
In an interview with Infowars Nightly News, the group’s founder Cody Wilson explained the order was not at all unexpected, and that for months the group had been cautiously optimistic they would bypass the trade regulations, which they were fully aware of and believed they were in full compliance with.
“Back in December, when we started the project, we knew ITAR would be an issue,” Wilson told Infowars Nightly News. “As an arms manufacturer, we registered ITAR, but we thought since Defense Distributed would be a non-profit software company; we could not have to register for ITAR because we were just a software company and not interested in actual trade of arms, and then number 2, we could basically claim a public domain exemption from the ITAR and we wouldn’t have to ask permission to put the files up for download.”
Gun-related files, Wilson claims, are already regulated and must be permitted before they can be distributed online, but since the beginning, the group has tried to avoid asking government for permission, not to flout the laws, but because they believed they met public domain exemptions.
Indeed, early in the project’s development, Wilson explained to Infowars.com Defense Distributed would have to apply for a license with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives because of the sketchy categorization of the firearms that could potentially be produced and the laws governing Title I and Title II weapons.
“We’re gonna have to do the license because that’s the world we live in, apparently. And I think that’s unfortunate and I
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