FedEx and UPS, two of the United States’ top couriers have chosen not to deliver the Ghost Gunner, a digital milling machine from Defense Distributed. For those who don’t remember, Defense Distributed are all known for producing the first 3D printed handgun back in early 2013.
The non-profit commercially released the Ghost Gunner in October for $1,500. The Ghost Gunner also allows for customers to make untraceable guns from their home. All that is required it seems is to hook up Ghost Gunner to a PC, install the provided software, and begin making guns from design files.
What makes the guns legal is that users can buy a semi-finished lower receiver—the part that makes the firearm a firearm in the U.S—and finish it with the Ghost Gunner within hours. Since the lower receiver is semi-finished it’s doesn’t have the serial number. From there users would need to gather the rest of parts online and put it together.
Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed told Wired that FedEx then UPS refused to ship the Ghost Gunner. It was pointed out that FedEx, a member of the NRA’s Business Alliance, was refusing to move the device as the guns produced aren’t commercially purchased.
FedEx boiled it down to not knowing how or if it is regulated and by what entities. “This device is capable of manufacture firearms, and potentially by private individuals,” FedEx said in speaking with Wired. “We are uncertain at the time whether this device is a regulated commodity by local, state, or federal governments.”