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3D printed gun smuggled into Israeli parliament

Mike McLeod   

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News team sneaks plastic “Liberator” pistol past security to within feet of Israeli prime minister.

13-july-3d-printed-gun-Knesset-360Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reports that a local TV news team managed to smuggle a 3D printed gun into the Israeli Knesset, and held it within feet of the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The gun wasn’t loaded but was successfully test fired following the security breach. On another occasion, the plastic pistol was brought into the offices of Chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, Miri Regev.

The gun is a copy of the so-called “Liberator” wiki weapon designed by Defense Distributed, a Texas-based gun rights organization founded by 25-year-old law student Cody Wilson. Although Wilson removed the files on request from the U.S. State Department in May 2013, the TV news team was able to download the Liberator CAD files from other Internet sources.

According to the Haaretz article, Knesset officer, Brigadier General Yossi Griff, “responded ‘that’ this is a new phenomenon that puts all the security systems in the country and the world a whole new challenge.”

As a result of the breach, all Israeli government offices and public institutions are investigating how to cope with this new security problem.
Google translated article with video



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