THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

Issue 73, October 2018

The many dimensions of the 3D printed gun debate

The June 2018 decision of the US State Department to settle its dispute with 3D gun maker Defense Distributed came like a plastic shot out of the blue. Crystal D. Pryor examines the case and its..

The June 2018 decision of the US State Department to settle its dispute with 3D gun maker Defense Distributed came like a plastic shot out of the blue. Crystal D. Pryor examines the case and its implications.   The Defense Distributed 3D printed guns case simultaneously invokes elements of US export control reform; approaches to intangible technology transfer (‘ITT’) under the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (‘ITAR’) versus Export Administration Regulations (‘EAR’); the right to free speech and the right to bear arms (the First and Second Amendment of the US Constitution); traceability, detection, and export of guns; and US...

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