3D printing is an extremely promising technology, including for gun rights. As you can predict, anything which upholds our Constitution and 2A rights will quickly come under the harsh glare of the liberal anti-gun folks running our government.
It’s no different with 3D printing, which has emphasized through the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that you need a special license to post any 3D gun file or CAD file. The BIS has also now added Export Administration Restrictions (EAR) on all 3D printer-made firearms and any software files related to them.
Here’s what it means:
Cracking Down on 3D Guns
What happened is that a few months ago in March, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opened up gun rights on 3D printing, exempting them from the US Munitions List (USML) and making them not subject to ITAR restrictions (International Traffic in Arms Regulations).
The Deep State BIS didn’t like this and it’s not slapping the EAR crackdown on anybody who starts printing out, shipping or “furnishing” 3D weapons. Basically, BIS is informing anyone involved in any way with 3D firearms to take note of new rules. EAR rules are extremely complex and have almost 800 sections of explanations in the actual legal document.
As I stated, you will need a license from BIS to put any 3D firearm-related files online and many other new regulations. Licenses including the right to export last for four years and will require numerous details on the weapons being made, their destination and their specifications.
While these restrictions may seem fair and have their reasons, they’re also clearly a way for regulators to get more of a foot in the door and start cracking down on gun rights more and more. The future of 3D firearms is quite uncertain and it’s a tense time for those who use or are interested in 3D guns.
This 3D printed gun I made caught on fire 🔥 but it didn’t melt 🙂 pic.twitter.com/f4aFvk8hFi
— printshootrepeat (@printingguns) July 22, 2021
3D Gun Printing is Growing, Despite Setbacks
Despite all the growing regulations and rules, 3D gun printing is only growing and there are all sorts of files all over sites. It’s no real surprise that the regulatory state wants to crack down on this.
There have been some surprising ways that have been used to try to crack down on 3D guns as well; this includes several years ago when Dagoma and TBWA Paris 3D printers put out fake 3D gun files on purpose to anger and confuse people who downloaded them.
This is going to be an ongoing issue for sure, and it seems to keep going back and forth. As these rules and debates wind their way through the courts, those who have a business interest or endeavor related to 3D guns will have to pay close attention, but for the most part, these weapons are still able to be made.
For now, the printers are still going brrr.
Can you say 'lawsuit'?
U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security imposes 'EAR' restrictions on 3D printed guns – 3D Printing Industry https://t.co/2mpmoMcV0d
— Rank Badjin (@badjin_rank) July 23, 2021