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Control guns, not information on making them
Control guns, not information on making them

Two years ago, Texas gun enthusiast Cody Wilson experimented with the burgeoning 3-D printing technology that, following coded instructions, manufactures products from plastic. NASA recently used the process to create a wrench aboard the International Space Station with instructions sent from Earth. But Wilson printed out a plastic gun that can fire a single bullet. Then he posted the plans online, drawing a “cease and desist” letter from the State Department, which, because the files could be downloaded anywhere, accused him of violating International Traffic in Arms Regulations that limit when and how Americans can sell weapons overseas. That was overreach: He published...

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