We all remember Defense Distributed; they’re the company that successfully created a fully functional, single-shot, .380 ACP-chambered pistol – made with a 3D printer. Of course, when the company released the blue prints for its pistol, which it named the Liberator, it took just four days for the state department to decide they’d violated International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The state department let them know in no uncertain terms they were to take down the blueprints, and, faced with no other option, Defense Distributed complied.
It’s worth noting the Liberator wasn’t Defense Distributed’s only item of interest, though. They’ve also created a functional AR-15 receiver and magazine along with a magazine for an AK-47. Today those blueprints are floating around somewhere on the internet on various file sharing websites. But the company isn’t done, and they’re not going to let a little thing like having their 3D printer confiscated and various legal (and otherwise) threats against them slow them down. And now that (yet another) company has turned against them, they’ve decided to fight back with a good old-fashioned bounty – on a printer.
The company Mark Forged manufactures a carbon fiber 3D printer by the name of the Mark One, and apparently Defense Distributed placed an order for the printer over a year ago. After a year passed, Mark Forged decided they didn’t want Defense Distributed’s business, or their money, and flat-out refused to sell them a 3D printer. Why? Because they don’t want their printer used to create a gun.
This is Defense Distributed’s response, which began with a brief explanation of the aforementioned events:
“…before the weekend they returned the money and told me due to ‘business risks’ they wouldn’t sell it to me. Now Wired has the story, and the company has invented some new terms of us to preclude DD from using the device at all.
Yet another of our bad faith dealings with White Liberals for NATO. [emphasis his]
But in all seriousness, I’m going to get this printer. And, as I told them, I’m going to print a gun with it. These hurried attempts by almost everyone in polite society to impede my company in its purpose are efforts of last resort. Last hope attempts at diverting this world from its final condition.
I will pay $15,000 to the first person who can get me a Mark One printer.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.”
One cannot help but lean forward in their seats awaiting the results of this rather pricey bounty. A bounty on a printer. It seems Defense Distributed has finally decided to stop bending over backwards, and they’ve certainly chosen an interesting platform.
Defense Distributed has certainly experienced the disgust of the anti-2A community in full force since the moment of their inception. Indiegogo yanked their fund-raising campaign once they realized what it was for, Stratasys, a 3D printing company, refused to rent a printer to them, and more than one 3D printing website has banned anything and everything gun-related from their content. Even FedEx and UPS have gotten in on it by refusing to ship a milling machine Defense Distributed began manufacturing in 2014. They’ve faced obstacles at every turn, and founder Cody Wilson is clearly not one to be dissuaded.
So, how about it. Do you have a Mark One? Do you want $15,000?
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