Government approves 3D printed gun blueprints, available August 1st

Government approves 3D printed gun blueprints, available August 1st

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — It is a landmark ruling and it complicates the gun debate. On August 1, 2018, anyone will be able to buy or distribute a do-it-yourself gun blueprint online. Those files can then be used to create a 3D printed gun. Supporters of the ruling say it is a victory for the First and Second Amendment. Opponents of the ruling say they are concerned these unregulated firearms could get into the wrong hands. Anne Lawton is the President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. She said, “If you have a 3D printer or have access to a 3D printer, it would allow you to make your own untraceable gun.” With the right materials, it could be printed into a functioning gun, made almost entirely from plastic. The Ghost Gunner online, boasts you can “legally manufacture unserialized rifles and pistols in the comfort and privacy of home.” Lawton said that means, “Anybody can have a gun, no questions asked.” Lawton said the majority of Nevadans voted to expand background checks. She believes this will negate that. “Even if universal background checks do get passed on a state level, much less a national level, this would allow people to totally circumvent that," she said. That, however, is not the only issue at stake. Five-years-ago, the State Department shut down the website Defense Distributed saying the company was violating international export laws by offering 3D printing blueprints for guns. The company’s founder […]

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