Frequently asked questions about 3D printed guns.

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We went to Google to answer some of the frequently asked questions. Of course I’m not lawyer, or “expert”, I am just a go who is involved with the business or firearms.

Defense Distributed – Cody Wilson shooting the 3D printed gun called the Liberator

Question 1: Is it illegal to manufacture 3D print a firearm?

Response: Nope – According to the 1968-gun Control Act, an unlicensed Individual may manufacture their own firearm(s) for personal use. That is in the context you are lawfully allowed to own a firearm and you are not creating NFA item(s) without tax stamp(s). Items such as full-auto sears & silencers. In addition, you will have to follow local and federal configurations.


Question 2:  What is the purpose of 3D printing a firearm

Response: Right now, I think the people interested in 3D printing firearms are only doing it out of (1) curiosity and a thrill associate with firearms and (2) trying to preserve the 2nd amendment – more on this at another time. Despite what a lot of people say, 3D printing firearms is not easy as pressing “print”.

Courtesy of “Nowix56” on Youtube


Question 3: Does assembling, or manufacturing your own firearms at home cost effective?

Response: No, it is not. Factor the cost of tools and parts, you will go over the price of a store bought firearm. Same applies if you purchase the parts separately. The main reason why people home build is to build a firearm that consist of every upgraded part you want and/or a cheap layaway – each part alacart .


Question 4: Can you print AK 47 and AR15 Lower receivers?

Response: Sure can! However, you will need to find the remaining parts and test functionality.


Question 5:  Can you print a silencer/suppressor?

Response: Yes, but keep in mind the creation of any NFA (National Firearms Act) item(s), you are subject to a realm of new laws & compliance regulations.TypoQuestion 1: Is it illegal to 3D print a firearm
Response: Nope – according to the 1968-gun Control Act, an unlicensed individual may manufacture their own firearm(s) for personal use. That is in the context you are lawfully allowed to own a firearm and you are not creating NFA item(s) without tax stamp(s). Items such as full-auto sears & silencers. In addition, you will have to follow local and federal configurations.

We will continue to update this list with more questions. Also we will include a guide for those who are interested learning how to manufacture their own 3D printed firearm.


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