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Texan sells 3D printed guns despite judges ruling

One of the plastic guns built from the blueprints released by Chris Wilson is shown.

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One of the plastic guns built from the blueprints released by Chris Wilson is shown.

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Chris Wilson, the founder of a Texas company that produces untraceable 3D printed guns was given an extended ban preventing him from releasing them. However, he announced on Tuesday that he has begun selling blueprints despite the judges’ extended ban.

“Nowadays we are having so many mass shootings and death due to guns [that] we shouldn’t be “printing” more weapons whether or not they are real or plastic,” junior Nekayla Knight said.

Under the Obama Administration, the state department had put a hold on the release of the blueprints over concerns of them violating the rules that cover the distribution of American defense technology outside of the country.

We shouldn’t be “printing” more weapons whether or not they are real or plastic”

— Nekayla Knight

“I think it’s cool and they should be allowed,” sophomore Jonathan Vincent said. “A 3D gun that can actually shoot would be beneficial because they’re free and cheaper than regular guns, therefore they could protect people who can’t afford a real one.”

Wilson said he anticipates that states may try to sue him to prevent him from selling these blueprints but that he is raising money for his legal defense. He also said that he could have previously sold the blueprints, but didn’t because he wanted to be able to post them for online free distribution and he will continue to challenge the Monday court order.

“I feel like that’s not something you would expect at first,” sophomore Emlynn Jones said. “Yet with the technology today, people are creating things that are used to bring harm to people. That’s not cool and I think they should be banned because they can put people in danger and anyone who has bad intentions can print these guns, which is more convenient for them.”

Blueprints for Wilson’s gun could be purchased through his company’s website and could be downloaded on a thumb drive and shipped to buyers through standard mail, sent by email, or sent by some other secure download transfer.

“Putting those blueprints online is basically having a weapon for free which is such a dangerous situation for multiple reasons,” sophomore Jazmin Mendoza said. “It just shows how easy it is to get a weapon, and that’s not safe for anyone, even if it’s plastic.”

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