While many call for tighter firearm restrictions in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Wiki Weapon project believes technology is about to make such regulation irrelevant--and that that's a good thing.
The Wiki Weapon Project--the attempt by University of Texas law school student Cody Wilson to develop a 3-D printable handgun and distribute its digital design file across the Web--is under fire. Stratasys, the maker of the 3-D printer the project's backers hoped to use to prototype its designs, has reclaimed the printer they originally sent to Wilson, citing Wilson's lack of a federal firearms manufacturing license and the company's right to rescind any lease if it believes its printers will be used for unlawful activity.
We've already seen that it's possible to print parts of a gun--and have it work--using a 3-D printer. The project was highly controversial, but now a group wants to make sure that anyone can print a working gun at home.