Trump ‘looking into’ 3D gun issue

Gun Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump came under heavy pressure Tuesday to block blueprints for 3D printers to make deadly plastic guns, stepping into the dispute after his administration agreed to allow plans for guns that could be easy to conceal and difficult to trace. Trump tweeted he was “looking into” the issue and consulting with the National Rifle Association. The election-year headache is a problem of the administration’s own making. After a yearslong court battle, the State Department in late June settled a case against a Texas company that wants to provide directions that would allow people to computer-print their own guns. The settlement, which took gun-control advocates by surprise, allowed Austin-based Defense Distributed to resume posting blueprints for the hard-plastic guns at the end of July. Those plans were put on hold late Tuesday after a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of the blueprints. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued the order Tuesday after eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the settlement allowing the plans to be made available online. They said the plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. Hours before the restraining order was issued, Democrats sounded the alarm, warning about “ghost guns” that can avoid detection and pose a deadly hazard. “All you need is a little money and you can download a blueprint from the internet to make a gun at home,” said Senate […]

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