UConn professor explains 3D printers after gun blueprints blocked

Aug 03, 2018, 10:48
UConn professor explains 3D printers after gun blueprints blocked

President Donald Trump says he is studying whether guns made by a three-dimensional (3-D) printer should be sold in the United States.

During the hearing in Seattle, Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department, said they reached the settlement to allow the company to post the material online because the regulations were created to restrict weapons that could be used in war, and the online guns were no different from the weapons that could be bought in a store.

Made mostly of plastic, 3D printable guns, including military-style assault rifles used in many mass shootings, can be just as lethal.

Which is why it is encouraging that Pennsylvania was among eight states that filed suit Monday against the Trump administration over its decision to allow the company to publish the blueprints.

According to spokeswoman Brionna Aho, the judge's ruling does not order Defense Distribution to take the plans for the guns off their website, but keeping them up is again illegal.

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A Texas company has the blueprints and was ready to download them free of charge. He revealed last month that after a long legal battle, he had settled with the Department of Justice and could now legally share gun models online, citing his First Amendment right to share information.

"We should be doing everything we can to make it more hard for criminals, children, and individuals with serious mental illness to possess a gun".

The debate over 3D-printed firearms began in 2013 when Cody Wilson, the founder of Texas-based Defense Distributed, published downloadable designs for a 3D-printed firearm.

Democrats tried to pass a bill Tuesday in the Senate to outlaw the sale of the blueprints and called on President Trump to issue an immediate executive order to stop the blueprints from going live.

That's right, Americans could legally manufacture a weapon for personal use, without a serial number, making it untraceable and in some cases undetectable by metal detectors.

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"They are undetectable, they are untraceable", said Sen.

"All you need is a little money and you can download a blueprint from the internet to make a gun at home", said the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer.

The gun's components can be made with a printer that uses plastic instead of ink.

Lasnik said First Amendment issues had to be looked at closely and set another hearing in the case for August 10.

The states, in their filing on Monday, argued the online plans will give criminals easy access to weapons by circumventing traditional sales and regulations.

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood called Lasnik's emergency order "a major victory for common sense and public safety". "The efforts of these Attorneys General throughout the nation have helped strike a powerful blow against the scourge of 3D-printed guns, but we know this fight is not yet over".

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