3-D Printed Gun Designer Inks $250,000 Book Deal

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In May 2013, Cody Wilson fired a gun somewhere in Texas. Not an uncommon feat, save for one thing: Wilson’s gun was almost entirely plastic. In fact, it had been constructed only hours before it was fired.

Nicknamed “the Liberator” after the one-shot pistols designed to be airdropped over France during World War II, the gun was a product of 3-D printing. Wilson designed the blueprints himself and, shortly after the first successful firing, shared them online causing a whir of controversy. Over 100,000 people downloaded the prints in just two days.

Now, Forbes reports Wilson has inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster worth $250,000. The book, which has a working title of Negative Liberty, will chronicle Wilson’s journey to create the 3-D printed weapon.

Simon & Schuster weren’t the only publishing house to hear Wilson’s pitch. He reportedly spoke to several publishers, receiving mixed reactions.

“It was pretty hot and cold,” he told Forbes. “Some think I’m awful, and that what I did was terrible, and others think this is an incredible story that needs to be told.”

Wilson could be in serious legal trouble, however, for releasing the blueprints for the Liberator online. He said the $250,000 advance may need to be used to bankroll his defense in possible court battles.

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