But that distinction hasnt appeased his opponents. Stratasys, the company that had leased a 3D printer to Wilson last summer, cancelled its lease upon hearing of his plans and confiscated the printer by the end of September. In December, 3D-printing company MakerBot took Defense Distributeds designs off its Thingiverse site, which is devoted to sharing digital designs. Around the same time, Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) called upon Congress to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act before it expires in December 2013. The law, which bans plastic guns, was first enacted in 1988.
"Congress passed a law banning plastic guns for two decades, when they were just a movie fantasy," Israel said. "With the advent of 3D printers these guns are suddenly a real possibility, but the law Congress passed is set to expire next year."
These efforts have yet to slow Defense Distributed. The group responded to its ban from Thingiverse by launching its own site, defcad.org. Since March, the site has raised more than $73,000 toward its $100,000 goal to turn the site into a search engine for 3D printable designs.
If Wilson is telling the truth and his 3D printed gun is ready, the fears of gun control advocates will come to life."This is a case where the technology could quickly outpace the law," UCLA law professor Adam Winkler said last month in an interview with IDG News Service.
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