UT Law student Cody Wilson printed a plastic lower reciever of an AR-15 with a 3-D printer, attached it to a real gun and fired six rounds before the plastic piece broke.

Photo Credit: Marisa Vasquez | Daily Texan Staff

UT law student Cody Wilson said he is trying to decide between continuing with school and taking a break from UT and devoting more time to his increasingly successful efforts to revolutionize the gun industry.

Wilson has been working to create digital files for guns that could be used with a 3-D printer, a piece of technology that converts digital designs into a solid, plastic form. On Saturday, his efforts materialized when he printed the lower receiver of an ArmaLite AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle. He then substituted it for the lower receiver on a real AR-15 and along with his partners from his company, Defense Distributed, managed to fire off six rounds before the gun broke.

Wilson said he plans to print an entire gun with a 3-D printer as soon as possible, and he will be working with other types of more durable plastic to make the guns more effective. He said while a license was not required to print just the lower receiver of the AR-15, he may need a federal firearms license to print an entire gun, and he has not yet received one after applying for it roughly a month ago.

Wilson said printing the lower receiver is very significant, as it showed people the seriousness of his efforts in a material way, and people may now access the file through his website to print a lower receiver themselves, allowing them to create an unregulated gun.

Printed on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 as: Student aims for 3-D gun

Student Government voted Tuesday to make way for a new effort that will support Proposition 1, a Nov. 6 initiative that would bring UT a step closer to a medical school and teaching hospital.

Student body president Thor Lund, vice president Wills Brown and several other students presented initiative AR 15 at Tuesday’s Student Government meeting. The initiative calls for Student Government support of Proposition 1.

Proposition 1 would increase property taxes collected by Central Health, Travis County’s hospital district, from 7.89 cents to 12.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The increase would contribute $35 million toward operations at the teaching hospital and purchase medical services there from medical school students and faculty for the general public.

The AR 15 initiative explains why the proposed medical school and teaching hospital would benefit UT, Austin and the state of Texas, citing the creation of 15,000 jobs and the generation of $2 billion in annual economic activity locally.

Lund said the new medical services will be necessary to put UT on par with other universities in that respect.

“It brings a lot of prestige to UT,” he said. “A lot of the other top institutions around the nation have medical schools so it would only make sense that UT Austin had a medical school.”

Printed on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 as: Senator Zaffirini supports Proposition 1