Gunsmiths object to proposed regulation of “downloadable guns” in Illinois

Gunsmiths object to proposed regulation of “downloadable guns” in Illinois

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A gun made in a 3D printer. Gunsmiths in Illinois are concerned that a bill filed at the statehouse violates not just the Second Amendment, but also the First Amendment. State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, filed House Bill 2253 to address what have been called untraceable firearms. Her bill would make possession of certain unfinished gun parts a crime unless the person has a Firearm Owners Identification card, or FOID. Certain gun parts, such as a semi-automatic rifle receiver, where the ammunition is fired from, can be bought unfinished and sometimes without serial numbers. Finishing off certain parts without serial numbers would be a Class 2 felony under Willis’ measure. Her bill also makes using a 3D printer to make a gun without a serial number illegal. The bill also prohibits disseminating digital blueprints for finishing off certain gun parts or printing guns unless specific provisions are followed. Bill Oglesby of Oglesby & Oglesby Gunmakers in Springfield said the measure may conflict with the first two amendments of the Bill of Rights. “We’re not talking about just guns here, we’re talking about a government power wanting to regulate communication and thought processes,” Oglesby said. “Nothing to do with crime whatsoever.” “Most of the data, processes and blueprints for almost every common small arm system can be found somewhere in the public domain,” Selvaggio said in an email. “These are also basic manufacturing principles and processes that can be found in books as well as a multitude of [computer assisted […]

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