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In what Cody Wilson describes as a national plan of action, the Defense Distributed founder and self-described crypto-anarchist claimed in a press conference today that the judge’s order preventing him from uploading his 3D files only prevents their free distribution. In order to get around that restriction and remain in compliance with the judge’s order, he’ll now be selling the files, either electronically (on DD thumb drives) or in printed form.

That presumably means he won’t be shipping them outside the US, which means he won’t run afoul of any potential claimed ITAR-type implications by the attorneys general who are suing him.

The files are now available for sale at his website, defcad.com.

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He noted that his e-commerce distribution platform, which he calls Operation Integral Accident, will allow buyers to name their own price for the files. He said that the only thing that the judge’s order has restricted is the right to speak and disseminate information freely.

The files the judge’s order purports to block have, of course, been widely available for almost six years now. They’re also freely available for download here.

Wilson vowed to continue fighting the Washington State judge’s order in the Ninth Circuit. He’s made an appeal for supporters to help fund those efforts and contributions can be made here.

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    • Absolutely. Rarely does someone have both the opportunity and fortitude to tell big govt to eat a dick in such a public manner, and he’s nailing it.

    • “I love every part of what this guy is doing.”

      …and 16V should be along shortly for a concise, to-the-point retort : 😉

    • So long as he understands and is willing to accept the possible consequences of being in a cell next to Ross Ulbricht in Super Max(I know Ulbricht isn’t in Super Max per se). The government likes more that you commit violence against your fellows than it does you usurp the interstate commerce clause. The government will have their say, and get their cut no matter what, all of the time, forever. This is regardless of who you vote for or who is elected. You may think of yourselves as the cannibals dinners, being allowed to design the menu.

      • My impression is that he’s aware enough to know that prison is a significant risk, which just makes what he’s doing even more awesome in my book.

  1. That should be interesting, if it ever gets to market. IF the US Government does apply a Gag Order on the Product, to keep it from getting sold.

    • ” IF the US Government does apply a Gag Order on the Product, to keep it from getting sold.”

      It’ll make an interesting court case, considering “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct,” by Philip R. Greaves II” is not illegal to sell…

        • Yes, a new way of making your own firearm — something that has always been legal in the United States — is exactly the same as making a nuclear weapon.

        • It is *perfectly* legal to yell “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater, as long as there is a fire in that theater.

          If there isn’t, sucks to be you. You will get an education on the lesson of personal responsibilities, the hard way…

        • @ThisEndUp…”… a Cheap, Disposable, Untraceable Gun…” Cheap? Guns don’t get any cheaper than stolen. Disposable? Another free feature, just toss the gun after the crime is committed. Untraceable? Just how does tracing the original sale of a firearm in ANY way prevent it’s subsequent use in a crime? Silly me. Don’t let the facts get in your way.

          • Disregarding Hollywood and TV, the BATFEMOUSE adds to the confusion. The agency claims hundreds of “successful traces” each year. What the means is the original owner of the gun was identified. The success at tracing guns to a crime scene seems to not be a part of BATFE statistics.

        • @ThisEnd^

          Which has been, is, and will be perfectly possible in the future. Without 3D technology.

          There’s no justification for abridging anyone’s free speech rights. And trying to hang it on some kind of bogus national security fig leaf is laughable.

          Again, these files have been freely available for six years. Yet there’s been no crime wave, and no rash of assassinations by shady figures using scary untraceable guns. Your arguments don’t pass the reality test and hold no water.

        • Obviously we need to ban high capacity assault tongues that have the ability to yell “FIRE” over and over at any crowded theater in the country!!!

        • Wow….you need to do some research or take a course in basic logic.
          It is NOT illegal to yell FIRE in a movie theater. I’m so tired of this being trotted out whenever rights are discussed. You can yell FIRE all day long. IF you doing so results directly in a riot…or a stampede to the door that causes injury then you will be charged with the crime of disorderly conduct, etc. In other words, the direct results of you yelling this will be the crime..not you saying the words. It’s just like owning or firing a gun…it’s not illegal UNLESS you USING the gun causes damages. You don’t have your mouth duct taped when going into a movie theater on the chance you MIGHT yell FIRE and then the chance that doing so MIGHT cause a riot.

          This excellent read explains it better https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/its-time-to-stop-using-the-fire-in-a-crowded-theater-quote/264449/

          Also..publishing HOW to make a nuclear weapon is not illegal. SELLING nuclear weapon parts is.

          So back to Cody…..SELLING these types of guns online would be illegal for him since he is not a licensed manufacturer. Selling or giving the plans away is NOT illegal since making your own firearm in the United States in NOT a crime.

          And no….one conveying information on how to make something that then MIGHT be used in a crime(like yelling fire MIGHT cause a stampede) is not a crime. The person using that info to make either 1)an illegal product 2) a legal product they use in a crime is the person who is responsible for a crime.

        • because its easy to access enriched nuclear material amirite

          the strawman of the century, i swear

          • How do you think Iran got it’s Nuclear Reactor and the Enriched Uranium to Power It. President Eisenhower sold them to the Shah in December 1957…

        • Fire in a crowded theater was created by judges saying opposing the draft wasn’t protected by the first amendment.

        • Edward is correct.

          Anyone can make nuclear weapons, really its not that hard. The duct tape held a lot of it together.

          Its the material and equipment. You can’t sell material or equipment to banned countries. You CAN however, own your own here. Good luck acquiring everything, possible, but a long road.

          This is like saying full auto rifles are illegal.
          They are not, you just have to pay some extra money and some more paperwork.
          BUT not illegal.

        • Actually Yelling Fire in a crowded theater is protected by the First Amendment! If it could not be done, than think about those that might perish if it was not allowed and a fire did occur! To do so for a prank obviously may incur consequences, but nevertheless it also is protected. The real danger is when we allow those in government or elsewhere to decide what can and can’t be said, published or released. Than we ARE ON THE SLOPES OF A DICTATORSHIP! The lessons of 1776 SHOULD NOT EVER BE forgotten. Nor should the lessons of today where people cannot speak freely in the Middle East without losing their heads PHYSICALLY! The same was true for NAZI Germany. So whether you agree with what Cody is doing or not, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to silence him! We have already seen enough with attempts by the far left, Democrats, liberals, Antifa, and others to silence everyone that opposes them through violence!

          • In WWII the United States had Censorship of the Press to prevent Public Panic. The West Coast was Attacked numerous times by Japanese Submarines from California to Washington State. And the German’s actually got a U-Boot into the Great Lakes (i.e. Lake Erie) during the Battle of St. Lawrence. Sank several Ships and Damaged the Training Aircraft Carrier IX-81 Sable…

        • ThisEnd^

          Censorship: it’s okay when it’s something we don’t like. – Modern Left

          Why is it that leftist shills like you always go to the most ridiculous arguments when it comes to guns? The whole ‘nuclear weapons’ argument specially. Disregarding the absolute absurdity of an individual being able to afford to not only buy but maintain a functional nuclear warhead, we already have a well developed legal structure of what and is not legal to posses and share in terms of weapons and data on those weapons. After all, the federal government chose to drop a case on that data when it became apparent that they didn’t have a legal leg to stand on. Which is why a collection of activist state level AGs decided to try to roll in with a 10th amendment argument to shut down this case and do an end run around the original case.

          Ultimately they know that this case has little to no chance meeting constitutional muster. This new case is nothing but a delaying action while the legislature can try and write a new law to ban this data, and that’s exactly what they have done by introducing a bill in the house by the name of H.R.6649 – 3D Printed Gun Safety Act of 2018. And even if that bill is ultimately rules unconstitutional it will be a vehicle for the activist anti-2A a-holes of the world to try to make Cody Wilson drop his case by forcing him to throw more and more money in legal fees fight it. It’s the same old same old toleration BS that bastards like you always try to push. But I tell you what cup-cake, we’re in this for the long haul. And we’re not going to stop pushing every-time you try it.

          • An the POINT of making an untraceable firearm serves exactly what purpose. Other than being Easily Mass Produced, Untraceable, Easy to Get Ride Of, and Sell to too Anyone willing to Pay the Price…

            • “An the POINT of making an untraceable firearm serves exactly what purpose. ”

              There doesn’t need to be a “point”. It is legal. EOS. It has always been legal in this country. EOS. Requiring a “point” to justify making a gun at home is not different from requiring an acceptable “need” for a firearm.

              But to be kind, the “point” of making a firearm at home is to make a firearm at home, because it is legal to make a firearm at home.

              • As I recall a Legalized Home Made Firearm requires a Serial Number and a Barrel Proof (Test Charge applied to Gun Barrel) of ~130% for Pistols and ~125% for Rifles…

              • “As I recall a Legalized Home Made Firearm requires a Serial Number and a Barrel Proof (Test Charge applied to Gun Barrel) of ~130% for Pistols and ~125% for Rifles…”

                There are two sets/levels of law that may be important: federal; state. Am not aware of any requirement to produce a safe gun for personal use. That is, a set of federal or state standards for producing a firearm that will work, if one is making the firearm at home, for personal use, and not selling firearms, nor allowing others to use your gun making tools in your home.

                If one allows others to use your tools and equipment and tools to make a firearm for themselves, you probably run afoul of a M-I-C-K-E-Y BATFE ruling that doing so makes you a “manufacturer”, subject to all sorts of requirements.

        • ThisEnd^

          Yeah, and? What in the hell makes you think it’s hard to make a legally purchased gun ‘untraceable’? And what the hell makes you think ballistic finger printing is that reliable? Chicago PD about all of a 6% solve rate for urban gun murders. And even if you just want to focus on the big boogie man of mass shootings, I’ll point out that so far most of them have been performed by people that purchased their guns legally. It’s not the lack of arms control that let’s them happen. It’s because no one gives a damn to try and help sick people before they pop.

        • Obviously we need to ban high capacity assault tongues that have the ability to yell “FIRE” over and over at any crowded theater in the country!!!

          ^This! Just like guns. If there are no guns, there is no gun violence! If there are no tongues, there are no “fire” in a theater threats!

          After all! All rights have limitations right? Your rights aren’t absolute! Ban tongues now!

        • How do you think Iran got it’s Nuclear Reactor and the Enriched Uranium to Power It. President Eisenhower sold them to the Shah in December 1957…

          Dude. The “he is making plastic guns!” equating to “the NRA wants to legalize nuclear weapons plans next” is sooooooo growing old.

          Yes, I can make an untraceable gun in plastic or metal in my garage and you won’t know about it. In fact, I can even make the bullets and ammo in my garage and you won’t know about it.

          But, to compare that to nuclear bombs is ridiculous. You need a multimillion dollar facility just to refine the yellow cake uranium. That means lots of employees, dudes with PhDs, and lots of expensive equipment. Lots of insurance too, in case some workers get radiated and die. In other words – it’s not a secret. LOL

          You are cracking me up.

          • And a Computer Program to produce a Plastic Gun using a Plastic Medium 3-D Printer, “Can’t” be used on a CNC Machine and/or “Sintering” Printer…

        • And the German’s actually got a U-Boot into the Great Lakes…

          LOL. That’s totally false. There was never any u-boat in the great lakes.

        • An the POINT of making an untraceable firearm serves exactly what purpose. Other than being Easily Mass Produced, Untraceable, Easy to Get Ride Of, and Sell to too Anyone willing to Pay the Price…

          It’s called privacy. Gun’s are by hobby, my defense, my right. And none of your business – haha.

        • As I recall a Legalized Home Made Firearm requires a Serial Number and a Barrel Proof (Test Charge applied to Gun Barrel) of ~130% for Pistols and ~125% for Rifles…

          Negatory. I can legally make a gun, and no serial number, barrel proof test, or any of the like is required. I’m not allowed to sell it to anyone. But I can make it and keep it for myself – completely legal. If I couldn’t – that would directly violate the 2A.

            • “Tell me how Stag Arms got caught producing Perfectly Legal AR-style Rifles without Serial Numbers then…”

              Stag Arms was/is a manufacturer of firearms for business/re-sale. An individual making firearms in the basement, firearms not for sale, is not bound by manufacturer regulations. Once the basement hobby bench becomes a source of firearms for sale, the individual becomes a “manufacturer”.

              • My understanding was that the Owner of Stag was trying to Recoup a Financial Loss in Profits. And this was his way of Bailing Himself out of a bind…

              • Don’t know what Stag Arms was trying to do, only that the BATFE hit them for unserialized firearms.

        • ThisEnd^

          No quite right. For some dumb ass reason they were assembling the AR-15s before the put the serial number on the lowers. They had 3,000 of them in inventory waiting to have their serial numbers placed on them when the ATF had a ‘surprise inspection’. They were never charged with selling them like that.

          Beyond that, it’s not illegal to own or make an unserialized gun. It’s nearly illegal to for a person to deface an existing serial number. And that hit Stag arms because, apparently, a manufacture can’t assemble a gun before putting the serial number. There was no intent to sell them like that, they just didn’t realize a manufacture can’t do that part last. No one was hit with a criminal charge, they just fined them and bar the owners from every running a gun business again. Which is SOP for the bastards at the ATF.

        • And you can Prove That with 100% Certainty…

          LOL

          The one making the claim, or the accusation, etc, has the burden of proof. That means you have to prove it – not me.

          But for a quick refutation, just go to google and type in “uboat in great lakes” and read all the articles about how it didn’t happen.

        • It isn’t Privacy, when you actually use it…

          I can shoot whatever guns I own at my parents pasture, and nobody will ever know about it. If I want people to know about it, that’s my business. If I don’t want people to know about it, that’s my business.

          • How Talkative are your Parents! Or your Neighbors when they Catch you using it. Or you Friends after you tell them you produced one…

          • You can use your home-built firearm in any legal manner you like, even self-defense. Doesn’t need a serial number.

        • IF it IS a Legalized Gun.

          Murder is already illegal. Why on earth do we need to make guns illegal, other than to spread hate on gun owners.

        • Anonymous

          That’s not quite true. You CAN sell a homemade gun and it can be one that doesn’t have a serial number. It’s not directly illegal, but it’s not at all recommend. The ‘gotcha’ is that you sell homemade guns as a buisness. The problem is justifying it to the ATF if they decided to come after you. If it’s just one, you’ll probably never be bothered. But if you do it more than once or twice then they’ll probably start looking at you.

          Now that said, most FFL don’t like buying homemade guns. Especially if it was one that doesn’t have a serial number. But even then; not specially illegal.

        • Tell me how Stag Arms got caught producing Perfectly Legal AR-style Rifles without Serial Numbers then…

          Is that the reason that Stag Arms lost their Manufacturers License…

          That is because Stag Arms is “in the business of producing firearms.” If you are a manufacturer, in the business, to produce firearms for profit, then you must have a license. And yes, if you inadvertiently manufacture some lower receivers without the serial number, because some goofy employees didn’t follow instructions, then yes, you get raided and “temporarily” and for a short time, got their license revoked.

          They are selling guns right now:
          https://www.stagarms.com/

          Me, making a firearm, for my own personal use, requires no manufacturing license, no serial number, no registration, no permits. Just the way it should be. It’s called “freedom.” I know – some people just don’t like it.

            • I can believe it if it were to be applied to One or Two Rifles. But a Couple Hundred is kind of a stretch in believablility…

              I can believe it. It’s important to note, that firearms without serial numbers didn’t leave their factory. During inspection, in the factory, the ATF found receivers without serial numbers. They were manufacturing the receiver then putting the number on it, rather than putting the number on it first, then machining the receiver out. A victimless crime, and a technicality. They complied with the intent of the law, but not with the literal words of the law. But they gave him a felony anyways. That’s what they do, ATF and the laws that rabid mouth foaming gun grabbers pursue – ruining lives, over nothing at all.

        • How Talkative are your Parents! Or your Neighbors when they Catch you using it. Or you Friends after you tell them you produced one…

          LOL – you must not be from around here. My parents, neighbors, and friends, would say – “hey! That’s bada**. Can you help me make one?”

          It really doesn’t matter if they know I have guns or even homemade guns. Because EVERYONE has guns. The question is how many, what kind, etc.

          And there is an etiquette around my family and friends. And that isn’t to run your mouth off about other people’s valuables.

            • Do you have Drinking Buddies! And HOW Talkative are you after a Few Rounds of Drinks…

              I don’t drink. And my friends don’t drink either. But it’s just a guess, that even if we were, we still wouldn’t be running our mouths on other people’s valuables!

              Regardless, there is a difference between who we want to know what we have, and those we don’t. I can tell my buddies, but telling the government isn’t a good idea.

              Don’t believe me? Just read gulag archipelago! With all the socialist pinko commie millennials we have right now – that is exactly where we are headed.

              • Donald Trump doesn’t Drink either! But then again, those that have worker For and/or With Him are having No Problems Spilling HIS Beans…

        • ThisEnd^

          I tend to never attribute malice to something that’s more easily attributed to pure stupidity. The ATF did look at them for trafficking, but couldn’t find evidence of it. If they wanted to sell guns illegally they could have just as easily done them only a few at a time and kept them unassembled, not 3000 of them in one haul. And they did confess to doing the engraving last, for some dumb-ass reason.

        • Donald Trump doesn’t Drink either! But then again, those that have worker For and/or With Him are having No Problems Spilling HIS Beans…

          Even if they spill the beans – what does it matter. It’s legal anyways. A non-story.

        • OK, dumbass (and I say ‘dumbass’ not as an ad-hominem, but as an accurate description because practically EVERY SINGLE LAST fact you’ve asserted here is false, and easily disproved with a simple Google search)

          Stag got nailed because they were being lazy. You see, there are these machines called ‘mills’ that produce firearm receivers. There are also machines called ‘engravers’ that engrave firearms. They aren’t the same, so in Stag’s production process, there is a period where the receiver exists, but is not yet marked. It may or may not be entered into their books under its serial number as well. Obviously there are reasonable accommodations to manufacturers for production realities, which gives them a small grace period to produce the gun, assign it a recorded serial number, and engrave the gun with said serial number. Stag employees & their bosses were lazy, the engraver went on vacation or something for two weeks, and the mills produced hundreds of receivers that were tossed into bins awaiting engraving and being entered into the books at some point in the future.

          These happened to be machine gun receivers, and that’s why the ATF really took issue with it. As you might imagine with such a half-assed system, they also lost some guns which had been sold of to law-enforcement, but were still on the books as unsold. In all likelihood they’d been warned previously about their lazy practices like these, and were on probation. Or maybe the scale of their operation combined with serious failures was enough for the ATF to shut the place down.

          Rather than shut the doors & fire everyone, the boss man agreed to a change in management, and a change in production practices, and now guns are engraved by the milling machine before they are completed, and the serial numbers entered into the books before the machine is run.

          But it’s so much easier to just spout off that they were producing Ghost Guns for the cartels or whatever as –presumably– part of Obama’s Fast & Furious…right?

        • ThisEnd^

          He didn’t really have to go court. The ATF has a huge amount of power to pull manufacturing license if they find someone in breech of the regulations. And besides the ATF is notoriously authoritarian against anyone with a license that doesn’t toe the line perfectly. And that’s when they don’t have a democrat as POTUS. Then they’ll send ‘informants’ to try and buy guns illegally. Back when I lived in Mississippi they used to send them into my favorite gun store all the time. Specially because they were a big seller of those Saige shotguns that they wanted to have banned. Luckily the guy taht owned the shop was a constitutional lawyer before he got into the gun business. He knew the law inside and out and knew what the ATF was trying to pull. Even so he had his shop ‘audited’ damn near yearly while they looked for a reason to shut hum down. Thanks Obama.