Are 3D-printable guns a 1st or 2nd Amendment debate?

Are 3D-printable guns a 1st or 2nd Amendment debate?

Gun Rights

Video KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, which stopped the release of downloadable blueprints for 3D printed guns. This brings some relief to a constitutional law professor and a mother of four in East Tennessee. Liz Lassiter is preparing to send her four children, ages 6, 8, 10 and 16, to school. While her mind is occupied by supply lists, it’s also consumed by fear for her children’s safety. The fear of plastic weapons hitting the streets doesn’t help. Related story : Judge blocks release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns She believes the material the guns are printed out of could render them unsafe. She also doesn’t believe this is what the founding fathers intended when writing the Second Amendment. Lassiter argues they couldn’t have envisioned 3D printing at the time. It’s simple, in her mind: the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a gun, not a plastic one. "It’s not okay. I mean, we’re trying to protect our kids with all of the shootings and everything that’s been going on here lately. I don’t see how it’s a good idea to give a plastic gun or even make a plastic gun where a child could see it and take it to school," said Lassiter. Despite this, there were more than 20,000 downloads of 3D printed weapons, according to CNET . Stewart Harris, a constitutional law professor at Lincoln Memorial University, says those who are in favor of posting the […]

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