During the first two days after the publication of the documentation on the world's first single-shot pistol Liberator (liberator, in translation - liberator) created with the help of a 3D printer, it was downloaded more than 100, 000 times. Despite the low reliability and the possibility of equipping it with only one cartridge, the US State Department is constantly making efforts to prohibit the dissemination of any information about the technology of its manufacture.
Formally, the pistol, developed by Defense Distributed, a company that develops models of smooth-bore weapons for printing on 3D printers, does not violate US law. Used as a firing pin, a nail helps bypass the "Stealth Weapons Act", which requires metal in any weapon to be detected by metal detectors. Now the basis for the prohibition of the distribution of drawings and 3D-models, became the provisions of the new legislation on the export of weapons.
The legislative changes considered before August 3 proposed to limit the distribution on the Internet not only of programs for printing weapons, but also of any diagrams, tables, formulas and specifications. If the amendments are adopted, posting this information on the network will be equivalent to the export of manufactured weapons.