Gun Safety Groups Race To Stop Company From Unleashing ‘The Age Of The Downloadable Gun’

Gun Safety Groups Race To Stop Company From Unleashing ‘The Age Of The Downloadable Gun’

The nation’s leading gun safety groups are asking a judge to block an online company’s plan to publish downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed plastic firearms, information that they say would open the door for people to secretly produce fully functional, untraceable weapons. In a Thursday filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Western Texas, the organizations questioned the federal government’s recent decision to settle a lawsuit with Defense Distributed. The settlement allows the Texas-based digital firearms nonprofit company to post its controversial gun blueprints online, which it will begin doing on Aug. 1, according to the Defense Distributed website. Defense Distributed celebrated the decision, saying it would soon bring upon the “age of the downloadable gun.” But in a letter to the judge this week, gun safety groups called the agreement “troubling,” “dangerous” and “potentially illegal,” while claiming it could have a “significant and permanent impact” on national security and public safety. The three organizations ― the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ― are now seeking an emergency injunction to halt the publication of the blueprints. They want the court to have additional time to consider their concerns. A hearing is reportedly scheduled for Thursday afternoon. In recent years, gun violence prevention advocates and lawmakers have raised fears about the rise of so-called “ghost guns” ― homemade, often meticulously manufactured plastic or metal firearms made without serial numbers. As 3D printing technology becomes more […]

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