3D printed guns explained: How they work, why they’re controversial and what’s next

August 1, 2018

In this May 10, 2013, file photo, Cody Wilson holds what he calls a Liberator pistol that was completely made on a 3D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas.

By Staff

If the hubbub over 3D-printable guns seems new and confusing, you’re not alone.

The issue came to front pages nationwide after a federal judge in Washington state Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed, a group that wanted to post files on the Internet that would allow the public to make guns at home with the help of a 3D printer. But this injunction is just the latest development in a dispute that’s been years in the making.

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