NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME: 1st 3-D Printed Gun Blows Up in ATF’s Face

Published on November 17, 2013

The world’s first printable gun has been deemed a serious safety and security concern after a gun printed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms exploded before it was even fired.

This danger is matched by the problem with fully-functioning 3-D printed guns – they work all too well.

The blueprint for the 3-D gun known as the Liberator was made available online six months ago by the group Defense Distributed with the aim of enabling anyone to print a gun with a 3-D printer six months ago.

The State Department demanded the design be taken offline but not before it was downloaded more than 100,000 times.

The ATF used the blueprints to print the plastic gun on a 3-D printer.

The bureau released the results of its tests on the Liberator on Wednesday, posting a series of videos on the tests to YouTube.

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