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Trump rebukes NRA, says 3-D printed guns ‘don’t make much sense’



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  • President Donald Trump questioned the legality of 3-D
    printable plastic guns in a Tuesday morning tweet.

  • “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to
    the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much
    sense!” he wrote.

  • In June, his administration settled a federal
    government objection against Texas company Defense Distributed,
    which will allow them to start publishing blueprints for 3-D
    printable guns on Wednesday.

In a rare break with the gun industry, President Donald Trump
publicly pushed back on the proliferation of 3-D printed guns.

 “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the
public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much
sense!” he said in a Tuesday morning tweet.

The National Rifle Association has publicly supported the
legality of 3-D printable guns, with spokeswoman Dana Loesch
calling them a form of “freedom and innovation” in a July 23

In 2013, the NRA also spoke out against a proposed amendment to the
Undetectable Firearms Act, which would have prohibited the
manufacturing of guns that cannot be picked up by standard metal

Trump’s statement sparked some confusion, as it was a decision by
his State Department that allows companies to release blueprints
for 3-D printable guns.

In June, the Trump administration dropped a federal government objection
to Texas-based company Defense Distributed publicly releasing
downloadable blueprints for 3-D printable plastic guns, which can
be accessed from anywhere in the world and are virtually

In response to Trump’s tweet, Democratic majority leader Chuck Schumer of New York
wrote, “Your administration approved this. What kind of
incompetence and dangerous governing is this? And to check with
the NRA? Holy moly.”

The State Department under the Obama administration originally
blocked Defense Distributed from publishing the blueprints
online, citing laws against trafficking certain weapons
technology overseas. 

When Defense Distributed challenged the Obama administration in
2015, a federal judge ruled against them, writing that
“facilitating global access to firearms undoubtedly increases the
possibility of outbreak or escalation of conflict.”

Defense Distributed announced they will begin publishing the
blueprints for plastic handguns and even assault-style weapons at
midnight on Wednesday.

On Monday, attorneys general from eight
states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration
in an effort to block the blueprints from being published.
Additionally, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida
and Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode
Island have each announced plans to introduce legislation to ban
3-D printed guns.

“I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you
allowing dangerous criminals easy access to weapons?” wrote
Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson, who is leading
the lawsuit.

“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,” he
said. “If the Trump Administration won’t keep us safe, we will.”

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