Next, they’ll be 3D printing rocket launchers.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Nearly half the states joined a series of efforts Monday to block a Texas man from offering instructions online for making plastic guns using 3-D printers.
“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,” said Bob Ferguson, Washington’s attorney general.
His counterparts from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania joined in preparing to file a lawsuit in federal court, seeking to stop the website from making the instructions available.
Cody Wilson of Austin began posting the directions over the weekend, after the federal government dropped its opposition and settled a lawsuit that prevented him from making the files available for download. When fed to a 3-D printer, they allow a user to make the parts necessary for assembling fully functioning handguns or rifles.
Under the Obama administration, the State Department sued Wilson, saying his plans would violate laws against exporting firearms technology by putting the instructions into the hands of hostile forces or terrorists.
When the Trump Administration took power they determined that it stepped on Wilson’s rights, so they stopped fighting his lawsuit.
However I think in his zeal to undo all things Obama, Trump did not think this one through, because he tweeted this out just this morning.
I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
You know the NRA might actually side with the gun control crowd on this one since they mostly represent the needs of the gun manufacturers and being able to make your own gun by yourself might cut into their profit margin.
Personally, I have no idea how anyone thinks that allowing people to make their own guns out of material that can easily be smuggled through metal detectors is a good plan.
I mean, seriously?