On Saturday, Defense Distributed—America’s best-known group of 3D gunsmiths–announced on Facebook that its founder, Cody Wilson, now has a federal license to be a gun manufacturer and dealer. The group published a picture of the Type 7 federal firearms license (FFL) to prove it.
“The big thing it allows me to do is that it makes me manufacture under the law–everything that manufacturers are allowed to do,” he told Ars. “I can sell some of the pieces that we’ve been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport.”
Wilson and his colleagues have been making prototypes of guns for months now. Most recently, the group demonstrated an AR-15 semi-automatic, which is allowed under American law without a license. The legal difference now is Wilson can distribute the guns that he makes and sell them, too.
- 3D-printed gun maker now has federal firearms license to manufacture, deal guns (arstechnica.com)
- 3D-printed gun site Defense Distributed gets official with license to make & sell firearms (venturebeat.com)
- Defense Distributed gets license to make and sell 3D printed guns(theverge.com)
- The new use for 3D printing? Printing guns (dottech.org)
- 3-D Printed Gun Maker Speaks Out at SXSW: They’re Real, And They’re Not Going Away (allthingsd.com)
- 3D Gun Fires 600 Rounds – Legally* (youviewed.com)
- 3D gunsmith gets licence to print and deal in arms (metro.co.uk)