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.

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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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