Downloads of 3D printed gun top 100,000

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In the controversial collision of cutting edge technology and the all powerful, barking mad gun lobby in the US, a milestone has been reached in the 3D printing of a plastic gun. The blueprint used to produce the weapon has now been downloaded more than 100,000 times since going online earlier this week.

The manufacturer, Defense Distributed told Forbes it was surprised by the amount of interest its Liberator gun had generated after they demonstrated the gun being fired earlier in the week.. Yeah right.

According to the company, most of the 100,000 downloads have been in the US, followed by Spain, Brazil, Germany and the UK.

There are however already a series of moves to ban the weapon. Californian senator Leland Yee said he wanted a law passed to stop the manufacture of 3D-printed guns.

"I plan to introduce legislation that will ensure public safety and stop the manufacturing of guns that are invisible to metal detectors and that can be easily made without a background check," he said in a statement. New York congressmen Steve Israel and Chuck Schumer have sponsored legislation that seeks to include a 3D-printing provision in the US Undetectable Firearms Act, which requires all guns to be detectable.

The blueprint has also been uploaded to file-sharing site the Pirate Bay, where it has become the most popular torrent in the site's 3D-printing category.

The Metropolitan Police had this to say on the legality of the firearm

"To actually manufacture any type of firearm in the UK, you have to be a registered firearms dealer (RFD)," it said in a statement.

"Therefore, unless you are an RFD, it would most definitely be an offence to make a gun using the blueprints. It may be legal for an RFD to manufacture a gun this way, as long as they had the necessary authorities."

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