3-D printed hand-gun blueprint ready for download

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, in announcing the lawsuit, said that Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia had signed on.

“These downloadable guns are unregistered and very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history,” Ferguson said in a statement.-Cnet

People can use the blueprints to manufacture a plastic gun using a 3D printer. But gun industry experts have expressed doubt that criminals would go to the trouble since the printers needed to make the guns are very expensive, the guns themselves tend to disintegrate quickly and traditional firearms are easy to come by.-CBC

Cody Wilson, founder of Defence Distributed, first published downloadable designs for a 3D-printed firearm in 2013. It was downloaded about 100,000 times, and it is not clear that a 3D-printed firearm was ever used in the commission of a crime as a result. The State Department ordered him to cease, contending it violated federal export laws since some of the blueprints were downloaded by people outside the United States.-CBC

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, shows a plastic handgun made on a 3D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas in a 2013 file photo. Eight states filed suit Monday against the Trump administration over its decision to allow the Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Blumenthal was among five senators who held a news conference, claiming the weapons would not be detectable and be available to those who hadn’t passed background checks. They said they were “totally surprised” by the federal government’s late June settlement with Defence Distributed, which had been told in 2013 by the Barack Obama administration to cease making instructions to print the guns available.-CBC

which had been told in 2013 by the Barack Obama administration to cease making instructions to print the guns available.-CBC

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