State Department Shuts Down Defense Distributed

Posted: May 9, 2013 by ShortTimer in Government, Guns, Second Amendment

From The Truth About Guns:

A tweet from Cody Wilson reveals the truth about the Liberator pistol project: the D0D has requested that Defense Distributed remove their files from the internet, and Cody Wilson has complied. Clicking on the Downloads tab at defcad.org yields this message: “DEFCAD files are being removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.” The DoD Trade Controls office is technically part of the State Department. As libertyandsuch.com points out, the mega-minds in the .gov are apparently some of the last people to figure out how the internet really works. DefDist’s CAD files are still available here.

They have a copy of the request letter as well.  The letter is rather interesting, since it basically comes down to the government deciding that he’s guilty until he proves himself innocent.  From another talk w/DefDist:

The government has provided a period of time for Defense Distributed to reply and prove that their actions were lawful.

DHS expressed some interest in the plastic Liberator as well.

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed says he’s “looking forward to jail“.  Frankly, once the info is out, and it is, there’s nothing that the government can do about it.

HotAir has a piece on this as well, with a few other sources.

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