A new age of warfare appears to be upon us.
The world’s first 3D-printed gun, called “the Liberator,” was successfully fired in Texas this weekend, according to Fox News.
Defense Distributed, an Austin, Texas-based company led by 24-year-old law student Cody Wilson and several others that market 3D printed firearms and firearm components, or “Wiki Weapons,” on Thursday posted a new video online showing a plastic gun being fired. A blueprint file is expected to be available for download today.
“I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people,” Wilson said, according to Fox News. “That’s what it is — it’s a gun. But I don’t think that’s a reason to not put it out there. I think that liberty in the end is a better interest.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the development “stomach-turning” on Sunday, according to CNYcentral, saying it means anyone “can open a gun factory in their garage.”
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