Texas Man Begins Selling 3D Printed Gun Plans
The owner of a Texas company that makes 3D printed guns said Tuesday that he is selling the printing plans through his website.
A federal court order bars him from posting the plans online.
The owner, Cody Wilson, told reporters he started selling the plans Tuesday morning. He said he had already received 400 orders. He also said he will sell the plans to anyone in the United States for as little as one cent.
"Anyone who wants to get these files is going to get them," Wilson said. "They can just name their price."
Wilson said some of his customers will be mailed a computer device that contains the printing plans. Others will receive the plans by email or some other secure download method.
Some people have paid for the plans with cryptocurrency, he said.
Wilson first used a website to publish designs for a printable handgun in 2013. But the U.S. State Department soon ordered him to stop, saying the designs violated laws related to weapons exports.
This summer, the two parties reached a settlement that would permit Wilson's company, Defense Distributed, to post the designs. Shortly after, 19 American states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. government, seeking to cancel that settlement.
The states argued that online access to plastic handguns would create a security risk, especially if criminals or terrorists gain access to the gun-making plans. Plastic guns can go through metal detectors without being found.
In July, a U.S. District Judge in Seattle, Robert Lasnik, temporarily banned Defense Distributed from posting the plans online. That ban was to end Tuesday.
On Monday, however, Lasnik extended the ban. He said the "undetectable nature of these small firearms" makes them especially dangerous.
Wilson said he believes the ruling still permits him to sell the printing plans.
"I'm following yesterday's orders that direct me to sell the files," Wilson said.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson directed the federal lawsuit.
He said, "I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson...accountable to that law. If they don't, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons."
Wilson said he believes he could have begun selling the printing plans earlier. He said he chose not to because he wanted to be able to post them online for wider availability.
"For many years I chose not to sell these files," Wilson said. "I don't expect to make money on it."
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老板科迪·威尔逊（Cody Wilson）告诉记者，周二上午，他开始销售这些图纸 。他说，已经收到了400份订单 。他还表示，还将以最低一美分的价格把图纸卖给美国任何一位消费者 。
“任何想得到这些图纸的人都不会空手而回，”威尔逊说 。“他们只需开价即可 。”
威尔逊称，他的部分客户将收到一款包含打印图纸的电脑设备 。其他客户可以通过电子邮件或其他安全下载方法接收打印图纸 。
2013年，威尔逊首次利用网站公布了可打印手枪的设计 。但美国国务院随即勒令其停止发布，并称这些设计违反了与武器出口相关的法律 。
今年夏天，双方达成了一项协议，威尔逊的公司Defense Distributed获准公布这项设计 。不久，美国19个州和哥伦比亚特区联合起诉美国政府，试图取消这项和解协议 。
这些州（及特区）认为，在线下载塑料枪支图纸将带来安全风险，尤其是犯罪分子或恐怖分子也可获得枪支制造图纸 。塑料枪可以通过金属探测器而不被发现 。
今年7月，美国西雅图的地方法官罗伯特·拉斯尼克（Robert Lasnik）临时禁止在网络发布枪支打印图纸 。该禁令将于周二结束 。
然而，周一，拉斯尼克延长了该禁令 。他说，“这些小型武器无法探测，因此“尤其危险” 。
华盛顿司法部长鲍勃·弗格森（Bob Ferguson）负责这场联邦诉讼 。
他说:“我相信联邦政府会对法律负责——拘留科迪·威尔逊” 。如果他们不这么做，特朗普总统就得对任何因打印枪支受伤或死亡的人负责 。
威尔逊表示，他相信自己可以一早就出售枪支打印图纸 。他说，之所以选择不这样做，是因为他希望能够在线发布，获得更广泛的可用性 。
“多年来，我一直不出售这些图纸，”威尔逊说 。“因为我不指望靠这些赚钱 。”