Just when you thought the 3D gun was dead, it's back. Just Thursday, the company that made the 3D gun blueprints, Defense Distributed, was forced to take the blueprints off of its site by the U.S. Department of State.
The issue, then? The plans had already been downloaded over 100,000 times before it was taken down and quickly ended up on Pirate Bay.
There gun has been uploaded to torrenting site Pirate Bay multiple times, and has been downloaded from the site thousands of times.
There is really no way to stop the spread of the 3D gun. Now that the blueprints have made their to Pirate Bay there is no way they're being taken off. “TPB has for close to 10 years been operating without taking down one single torrent due to pressure from the outside. And it will never start doing that,” A Pirate Bay insider told TorrentFreak, which first pointed out the 3D gun on the now-Icelandic site. The only thing that's currently stopping more 3D guns from being printed is the limited availability of 3D printers themselves.
One more question still remains: Are these guns powerful enough to be really dangerous? After one Pirate Bay commenter wrote: "We can no longer defend ourselves: neither from tyrants in government, nor terrorists, nor street thugs. This is about to change," another ones asked: "Sooooo, you plan on staving off the most powerful military in the history of the world with a single-shot plastic handgun? You may want to reconsider. Just sayin.'"