Vox Sentences: We’re on a bullet train toward 3D-printed guns

Vox Sentences: We’re on a bullet train toward 3D-printed guns

Gun Rights

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter , delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Printed guns are in our (very near) future; the opposition party alleges rigging in the Zimbabwean election. No silver bullet to stop 3D-printed guns Blueprints to create the first fully 3D-printable firearm, called “ghost guns,” will be legally downloadable on Wednesday, August 1. [ CNN / Susannah Cullinane ] The guns, which are made from the same plastic used for Legos, would require no background checks and be untraceable and nearly undetectable in airports (violating a law that requires all firearms be detectable by metal security scanners). [ Quartz / Hanna Kozlowska ] The blueprints were created and published by the founder of Defense Distributed, “crypto-anarchist” Cody Wilson. He sued the Obama administration, which blocked Wilson from publishing the instructions, to “defend the principle of freedom of speech.” [ Guardian / Carole Cadwalladr ] The US State Department settled with Wilson and said he could publish the blueprints under the guidance of the Trump administration in April. The president said he is now “looking into” 3D guns and the decision to allow Wilson to move forward. [ AP / Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey ] Gun experts are “seriously concerned” about the potential and future of 3D-printed firearms. [ Vox / German Lopez ] The ability to print guns has been a […]

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