A Texas-based company called Defense Distributed is currently facing a lawsuit regarding 3-D printable guns, but that fact did not stop the company from making yet another controversial move. Defense Distributed has stated that it intends to send gun printing blueprints directly to customers.
This move came directly after a federal judge blocked the Texas State Department from letting the company publish its files online for free.
This is not the first time that the company has attempted to publicize its blueprints. Defense Distributed has been attempting to put its blueprints on the Internet for years.
Texas’ State Department originally turned down the company’s efforts, stating that Defense Distributed was attempting to violate international arms export rules. However, the State Department settled with the company.
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have sued Defense Distributed, stating that its efforts would endanger U.S. citizens by allowing unrestricted access to firearms. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik has recently put negotiations on hold.
Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, responded to the Judge’s order by saying:
“3D-printed guns represent a supreme threat to our safety and security, and we are grateful that Judge Lasnik recognized it as such. But we also recognize that the menace does not end here. Already, there have been a wave of dangerous actors seeking to illegally post the blueprints online. We are committed to doing everything in our power to prevent this threat from continuing further.”
The organization’s actions were sparked by Judge Lasnik’s statement that “the files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States.”
Politicians are not responding positively to the measure.
Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas stated:
“We must overcome this scheme to thwart all efforts to assure the safety of our schools, airports and other public places. A new Congress could pass The Untraceable Firearms Act, which I am sponsoring, to assure enough metal in these weapons to make them detectable by existing screening devices and to require an identifying number at the time of manufacture to assure their traceability by law enforcement.”
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