The New York Times caught wind of a law student, Cody Wilson (photo by the Guardian), who leased a 3D printer with the intent to print his own guns. Apparently he’s working on a CAD gun design that he wants to make publicly available—anyone with access to a 3D printer could make their own arsenal of ‘Wiki Weapons‘.


But this event brings a moral question into play. 3D printing, which builds up materials in layers, has become increasingly affordable. Add the digital design and raw materials, and the question is no longer how to create, but if we should create.

What do you think? Is printing our own guns legal? Is it morally or ethically right?