YouTube yanks video of 3D-printed rifle magazine

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By Casey Newton

A video showing a gun magazine created by a 3D printer was pulled off YouTube today, only to reappear later in the afternoon.

The removal notice for the popular clip, which was posted by a Texas group known as Defense Distributed, said the video was removed “as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.”

“Yes, YouTube removed this video because permissive liberals flagged it as inappropriate,” the group said in a Tumblr post. “Please steal this and put it everywhere before it is again taken down.”

Talking Points Memo featured the video on Thursday, along with a feature on “Cuomo,” a 30-round automatic rifle magazine created with a 3D printer. The magazine is named after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a prominent supporter of gun control. The video shows the magazine successfully being tested.

The clip reappeared later in the day.

YouTube has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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