Trump ‘looking into’ Americans 3D-printing own guns

A settlement between gun-rights activists and the government has cleared the way to post plans for 3D printed guns online

"As a former federal prosecutor, I know untraceable and unregulated 3D-printed guns present a real danger to the residents of Seattle".

Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit to force the Trump administration to stop the sharing of gun plans online.

Before the ruling, President Trump sent a tweet saying, "I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public".

Senators added their voices later in the day, urging the president to reverse the settlement decision.

Amid the row over the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns, a coalition of gun rights activists has posted plans for 3D-printed weapons online, citing the First Amendment.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, also a Democrat, went further, saying that if Trump does not block the open printing of 3-D guns, "Blood is going to be on his hands".

Some gun rights groups point out laws allow people to make their own guns now and say this isn't all that different. According to the settlement, the plan wasn't supposed to be online until Wednesday but more than 1,000 people had already downloaded plans to print an AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifle, according to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

The lawsuit, says the public availability of the gun blueprint poses a "serious threat to the national security and public safety" - partly because 3D-printed guns often elude metal detectors and are not stamped with a traceable serial number.

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Gun control groups nevertheless were relieved by the judge's decision, with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence calling 3D-printed firearms "nothing short of a menace to society".

"There are 3-D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm", Lasnik said at the end of a one-hour hearing on the lawsuit. He understands concerns about the guns' ability to be detected, but laws already make it illegal for people to possess undetectable guns.

They say the USA government has failed to study the national and state security implications of the decision and violated states' rights to regulate firearms.

Then, just recently, the federal government settled with Wilson, allowing his plans to move forward.

In truth, "undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years, " said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's political arm.

It would have allowed anyone with access to a printer to potentially build a lethal weapon, which opponents say can not be seen by a metal detector or tracked to a licence holder. The firm's designs would allow owners of 3D-printers to create their own plastic firearms. "As we argued in the suit we filed yesterday, it is - simply - insane to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns at the touch of a button".

Markey, Blumenthal and other Democrats filed legislation that would prohibit the publication of a digital file online that allows a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm.

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