U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Assistant Democratic Leader, cosponsored a bill to block the online publication of blueprints that can be used to make fully functioning 3D-printed guns.
The legislation, filed Tuesday by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), would make it illegal for anyone to intentionally publish a digital file online that programs a 3D printer to automatically manufacture a firearm.
The move comes just hours before the Trump Administration will allow people to start posting such blueprints online; Senators Murray, Nelson, and others have argued that this decision will make it easier for people in the U.S. who are barred from owning a firearm under federal law – including violent criminals and domestic abusers – to make their own untraceable and undetectable firearms at home using a 3D printer.
“At a time when we are seeing community after community, and family after family being devastated by gun violence, it’s unconscionable that the Trump Administration would simply shrug off this potential threat,” said Murray.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans have made it clear to me and the rest of Congress that they want more common sense gun safety reforms to keep their families safe, not fewer – and allowing anyone to publish blueprints online that help people print deadly weapons is a direct rebuke to their wishes and to the health and safety of children and families nationwide.”
3D-printed plastic guns are fully-functioning firearms often made with resin or plastic using a 3D printer, making them virtually undetectable when carried through a metal detector or past security.
In August 2016, Transportation and Security Administration agents at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport found and confiscated a plastic gun from a passenger’s carry-on bag during screening. The gun, assembled using a 3D printer, was found loaded with five live .22 caliber bullets.
For years, the U.S. State Department has argued that allowing these blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be published online would violate federal export controls because the digital codes would help facilitate the manufacturing of weapons that can be accessed freely around the globe.
However, despite the State Department’s argument and a longstanding ban that has prohibited Americans from publishing such documents online, the U.S. Justice Department decided to abruptly settle a lawsuit earlier this month that will allow people to start posting blueprints for 3D-printed guns online starting Wednesday, August 1.
A federal judge in Seattle, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik, issued a restraining order Tuesday afternoon temporarily stopping the release of blueprints to make the 3D-printed plastic guns.
Texas-based company, Defense Distributed, was set to allow downloads on Wednesday, although blueprints have been posted since Friday. The temporary restraining order blocks the release until the next scheduled hearing on August 10.
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan said, “Creating an unlicensed gun with a 3D printer should not be a ‘do-it-yourself’ download available to anyone. As a former federal prosecutor, I know untraceable and unregulated 3D-printed guns present a real danger to the residents of Seattle.”
“I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing dangerous criminals easy access to weapons?” Ferguson asked. “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. If the Trump Administration won’t keep us safe, we will.”
“It is deeply concerning that anyone could have the ability to create untraceable and potentially undetectable deadly weapons,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “We must do whatever we can to keep criminals from acquiring and creating these guns.”
In 2013, Congress extended a ban on the sale, manufacturing or possession of these fully-plastic guns by requiring that all firearms contain at least 3.7 ounces of steel so they can be detected by a metal detector. In extending that ban, however, Congress did not mandate which parts of the gun had to be metal – creating a legal loophole that allows people to attach a small removable piece of metal to an otherwise fully-plastic gun. These detachable metal clips can often be easily removed before entering a security screening area and reattached again after to meet the law’s requirement.
On Monday, nine states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration to stop the publication of the 3D printer gun blueprints on the internet.
The lawsuit argues that the Trump Administration action is arbitrary and capricious, and in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
The lawsuit also argues the settlement violates the Tenth Amendment by infringing on states’ rights to regulate firearms.
The full text of the bill is online for further background.
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NRA Snuffs Out Background Checks Bill as a ‘Non-Starter’ – and Falsely Claims Its ‘5 Million’ Members Agree
On the same day a group dedicated to protecting children from gun violence released a difficult-to-watch viral video, the top gun lobby group issued a statement insisting universal background checks legislation is a “non-starter.” The NRA also falsely claimed its “5 million members” oppose background checks too.
“This missive is a non-starter with the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring what actually matters: fixing the broken mental health system and the prosecution of violent criminals,” Jason Ouimet, the executive director of the NRA’s activist arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, said, according to Politico.
The “missive” is a draft of a gun background check proposal the White House has begun circulating among lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
While House Democrats have sent several gun control and background check bills to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has totally deferred to President Trump, as if he were the Senate Majority Leader. In fact, McConnell says he will not even consider any legislation until President Trump gives it his blessing.
Despite that President Trump more than a month ago promised America he would sign a background check bill, as usual he caved when the NRA came calling. He then started claiming – falsely – that mental health, not easy access to guns, is the real problem.
The NRA has the exact same position, as they noted today.
Meanwhile, polls show that “83 percent of gun owners support expanded background checks on sales of all firearms, including 72 percent of all NRA members.”
Tomi Lahren Warns Americans Will ‘Be Armed and Ready’ in Case They Need to Shoot Immigrants: ‘Who Knows Who’s Coming In?’
The day after Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told Americans, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” Tomi Lahren warned Americans will be armed to protect themselves from immigrants. The Fox Nation host suggested Americans may have to shoot immigrants to “protect” themselves, as Media Matters reports.
Lahren made her remarks on sister network Fox Business, in an insane segment that included host Stuart Varney’s false claim that America is “the only country in the world where armed citizens are allowed.” 175 countries around the world allow their citizens to be armed, and three explicitly do so in their constitutions.
After telling viewers that “you can’t depend on the government to protect you at all times,” Lahren insisted the “government is going to fail you.”
Having a firearm “is your right, your right to protect and defend yourself and your family,” she added.
“And all the things the Democrats want to put in place — my goodness, if they want to open our borders, you better be sure the people in Texas, the people in South Dakota, the people in the middle of this country, we are going to be armed and ready, because we have to have a means to defend ourselves from — who knows who’s coming in? That’s the thing, we don’t know, and we have to be able to protect ourselves.”
Democrats are not advocating for “open borders.”
Fox host Tomi Lahren suggests that Americans may need to shoot immigrants: “We are going to be armed and ready, because we have to have a means to defend ourselves from — who knows who’s coming in?” pic.twitter.com/W5NckY8YhU
— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 13, 2019
Stop ‘Gun Grabber’ Mark Kelly ‘Dead in His Tracks’ Urges Arizona GOP Party Chair
Democrat Mark Kelly is literally being targeted by the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, Kelli Ward, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump. Kelly is husband to former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who nearly lost her life when she was shot by a madman in the head in an assassination attempt as she was beginning a 2011 constituents’ meet and greet outside a local supermarket. Six people died in that massacre, and another dozen were wounded.
Kelly, a famous former NASA astronaut and former U.S. Navy captain, is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Martha McSally, who beat Ward in the primaries. The seat previously was held by Republican Senator John McCain, who died on August 25, 2018.
“Support the Republican Party of Arizona today and, together, we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks,” Ward wrote in a fundraising email according to Bloomberg News, HuffPost, and The Hill.
Kelly and Giffords together started Giffords, a non-profit focused on reducing gun violence.
Refusing to apologize, Ward actually took to Twitter to double-down:
Utterly ridiculous! I don’t wish harm on Mr. Kelly. We disagree politically on the Constitution and the #2a, and I’m well aware of the harm his policies would cause should he ever be elected. Dishonest stories like this are dangerous and irresponsible! https://t.co/8wfU8QQtSO
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) September 6, 2019
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