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11 May 13. California State Senator Leland Yee (D-S.F.) says he wants regulations to track who owns and uses 3-D printers. Yee’s comments come in response to the recent news of Defense Distributed’s successful test-firing of a 3-D printed gun. “He’s concerned that just about anyone with access to those cutting-edge printers can arm themselves. “Terrorists can make these guns and do some horrible things to an individual and
then walk away scott-free, and that is something that is really dangerous,” said Yee. He said while this new technology is impressive, it must be regulated when it comes to making guns. He says background checks, requiring serial numbers and even registering them could be part of new legislation that he says will protect the public. Yee added,”This particular gun has no trace whatsoever.” (Source: Slashdot.com)

14 May 13. Lockheed, MDA flight test air-launched eMRBM target prototype. Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), has successfully carried out flight testing of the prototype air-launched extended medium-range ballistic missile (eMRBM) target at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, US. Released from the cargo bay of a US Air Force (USAF) C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at 25,000ft altitude, the full-scale eMRBM prototype separated from the carriage extraction system during testing, following the deployment of its parachutes. Lockheed Martin Targets and Countermeasures Programme director Dr Patricia Dare said the eMRBM air-launch equipment and carriage extraction system displayed nominal performance during testing and also prepared the launch team for future mission operations. A replica of the missile target, the prototype is being used for evaluation of the air-launch equipment and carriage extraction system in preparation for the maiden flight of the eMRBM missile target, which is planned to take place in late 2013. The prototype, however, does not feature a propulsion system like the original eMRBM target. Besides MDA and USAF, the flight testing was also supported by the US Army and subcontractors such as Orbital Sciences and Dynetics. (Source: airforce-technology.com)

09 May 13. Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days. Sparrowvsrevolution writes, “The promise of a fully 3D-printable gun is that it can spread via the Internet and entirely circumvent gun control laws. Two days after that digital weapon’s blueprint first appeared online, it seems to be fulfilling that promise. Files for the printable gun known as that ‘Liberator’ have been downloaded more than 100,000 times in two days, according to Defense Distributed, the group that created it. Those downloads were facilitated by Kim Dotcom’s startup Mega, which Defense Distributed is using to host the Liberator’s CAD files. And it’s also been uploaded to the Pirate Bay, where it’s one of the most popular files in the filesharing site’s uncensorable 3D printing category.” (Source: Slashdot.com)

10 May 13. The US government has ordered the creator of the world’s first 3D-printed handgun to remove the blueprints from his website after the files were downloaded 100,000 times. Plans for the working firearm were posted online this week by Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas who is on a mission to prove that lethal weapons cannot be regulated in the age of the internet and 3D printing. 3D printers allow people to replicate a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. After months of experiments, Mr Wilson created 15 plastic gun parts on an industrial printer he bought for $8,000 and then used the assembled gun to fire a standard .380 handgun round. The US state department wrote to Defense Distributed, Mr Wilson’s company, to say that the blueprints should be removed from public access “immediately” and that publishing them online may breach arms-control regulations. But while Defense Distributed has now taken the blueprints down from its website De

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