The design for the plastic gun known as “Liberator” comes from Defense Distributed and is sure to spark a debate over the increasing issue of gun-ownership in the United States.
“I don’t think any of us predicted it would be this much,” Defense Distributed developer Haroon Khalid told Forbes concerning the high amount of downloads.
The content has been made available via Kim Dotcom’s almost equally controversial file sharing site, Mega. The storage platform launched earlier this year following the shutdown of its predecessor, Megaupload.
Heavy downloading of the file was said to be coming from areas including the United States, Spain, the UK., Brazil and Germany.
Gun control advocates have expressed concern regarding the idea of 3D-printed firearms, fearing they could land in the hands of criminals. Earlier this year, Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) sought a ban on such designs.
Despite that, those wishing to actually use the blueprints could deal with a tough time. To print the Liberator, Defense Distributed relied on an $8,000 dollar Stratasys Dimension SST 3D-printer, a device not many people will have access to.