I’m ‘Looking Into’ 3D-Printed Plastic Guns

The 3D printed technology provides a way to create untraceable guns without serial numbers and without the owner needing a background check, things gun control advocates say are unsafe.

During the Tuesday hearing in Seattle, Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department, said they reached the settlement to allow Defense Distributed 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.

The company's website says it will relaunch today after the settlement with the State Department.

Trump said Tuesday that he's "looking into" the idea, saying making 3-D plastic guns available to the public "doesn't seem to make much sense!".

The National Rifle Association said Tuesday that undetectable guns are illegal. Now, Wilson says he wants his website to become the Wikipedia of downloadable weapons.

Gottlieb says in 2013 more than 100,000 people downloaded the manual and that not a single crime has been committed by one of those guns.

The printers needed to make the guns can cost from $5,000 to $600,000, according to Vice News.


The restraining order from U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik puts that plan on hold for now. But on the evening of July 31, a judge issued a temporary restraining order in response to a legal challenge from state attorneys general that prevents the information from being published. Under the settlement, the Trump administration will allow downloadable guns for unlimited public distribution in any form.

The settlement ends a multiyear legal battle that started when Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson posted designs for a 3-D printed handgun he called "The Liberator" in 2013.

Attempts to post 3-D gun blue prints online have been blocked by a judge in Washington. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense". "The administration supports this almost two-decade old law". While the 3D-printed gun models Defense Distributed is seeking to share all appear to contain at least some metal components, gun safety groups and some members of Congress have argued that the large-scale dissemination of the blueprints would make it easier for people to produce undetectable firearms.

But in the past three days, more than 2,500 people have downloaded Wilson's blueprints for 3D-printed AR-15 style assault rifles.

These basic guns can be made by anyone who owns a 3D printer, which uses plastic or other materials to build up an object layer by layer.

Criminals in the comfort of their own homes could fire up their computer, download a file and use a printer to make a gun.

But Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the US Justice Department, told Tuesday's federal hearing in Seattle, the government had reached a settlement with Defense Distributed 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.


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