Local reaction to 3D printed guns

Cheryl Sanders
August 3, 2018

The internal rift came after a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of blueprints to make the untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. A federal judge has blocked the release of designs meant to allow people to make their own firearms using a 3-D printer.

"There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made", U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said.

A Texas company's plans to post blueprints for 3D printable guns online for the public has been stopped - at least for now, according to the New Jersey attorney general.

People can use the blueprints to manufacture plastic guns using a 3D printer.

The NRA said in a statement that "anti-gun politicians" and some members of the news media had been wrongly claiming 3D printing technology would "allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms". New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Tuesday also issued a cease-and-desist order against the man who was scheduled to post them online.


Unless money is no object for an owner, 3D-gun printing might be considered by some a cost-prohibitive endeavor that's more hard than simply buying a gun.

The weapons, made of the same plastic as Legos, are unrecognizable by metal detectors and are untraceable because they don't have serial numbers. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!". The Defense Distributed website would have allowed people to download plans for building a variety of 3D guns, including an AR-15-style rifle, a Beretta M9 handgun and other firearms.

On Tuesday, before the court decision, the States Department Spokeswoman said, it'll be a hot topic.

President Donald Trump said that he is looking into the situation.

Firearm Instructor Trevor Thrasher with 88 Tactical says a plastic gun is not to be trusted.


Defense Distributed and its founder Cody Wilson, a self-declared anarchist, argued that access to the online blueprints is guaranteed under First and Second Amendment rights, respectively to free speech and to bear arms. Of course that doesn't ease the concerns of those who think guns made from 3D printers are a bad idea.

"As the nation rises up and calls for action against gun violence, it is absurd and frightening that the federal government wants to make accessing an automatic weapon as easy as hitting print", he said. With 3D printing technology getting cheaper and more accessible, it will be nearly impossible to regulate these guns and stop people from producing them.

What's lost in the public debate on Wilson's Ghost Gun 3D printer software is that the process does not create a complete gun.

Gun enthusiasts say making firearms at home is a hobby much like building a vehicle engine, a way to learn about the intricacies and mechanisms of the machine rather than creating something for regular use.


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