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Museum buys working gun made on 3-D printer

The "Liberator" gun was developed by a University of Texas law student.

By Associated_Press Sep 16, 2013 6:20PM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Victoria & Albert Museum says it has bought a working gun made on a 3-D printer, which sparked alarm among anti-firearms campaigners when it was unveiled in the United States.

Cody Wilson points to his laptop screen displaying an image of a prototype plastic gun on the screen, while holding in his other a weapon he calls The museum says the gun is an addition to its collection of "new, influential, innovative or experimental" contemporary design.

The "Liberator" gun was developed by University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, and made from plastic components created on a 3-D printer.

Wilson fired the gun in May and posted blueprints online, sparking a debate about potential uses of the machines, which pump out layers of plastics, metal and other materials to create 3-D objects with moving parts.

The museum said Sunday it had acquired two Liberator prototypes, a disassembled gun and a number of archive items.

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Photo: Cody Wilson points to his laptop screen displaying an image of a prototype plastic gun, while holding a weapon he calls "Invivdual Mandate," in Austin, Texas.(©Statesman.com/AP)


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