DIY Firearms: What Does This Mean and Who Is Fighting Back?

There has been a lot of talk lately about the eight States including Washington, New York, Oregon, and the District of Columbia who are joining in on the lawsuit challenging the outcome of a 2015 case. The verdict of the case allows Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson to release blueprints for 3D-printed firearms.

In case you are unfamiliar with what is going on, a restraining order blocking the release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms has been issued by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik. This is happening one day after Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, filed a suit challenging the Federal Government’s decision to allow their release.  

What exactly are 3D-printed firearms? 3D-printed firearms are guns that are assembled by a 3D printer using ABS plastic (the same kind of plastic used to make Legos).

Anybody who has enough money, can buy the higher end 3D printer that is required to assemble functional firearms.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted a test of the accuracy of 3D-printed firearms in 2013. One gun tested called ABS-M30, fired a .380-caliber round eight times without fail.

The blueprints include plans for an AR-15 style rifle and a Beretta M9 handgun, among other firearms. It is believed that the release of the blueprints would facilitate a broad, unregulated access to dangerous weapons.

This raises concerns because the firearms would be untraceable and virtually undetectable by metal detectors. Also, those who would otherwise be unable to purchase a firearm because, they would fail a background check, could more easily get their hands on one.

For more information check out The Seattle Times  and CNN.

In The News: People on the No-Fly List Banned from Guns in CT

The Governor of Connecticut, Dannel P. Malloy has proposed to use an executive order banning gun sales to those on the federal no-fly list. This would make Connecticut the first state to do so. Connecticut state officials are working to get access to these lists.

Malloy had previously passed expanded limits on the state’s assault weapon ban. The possession and sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines are banned. This measure was enacted following the tragic shooting deaths of 20 children and 6 educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary.

Currently, background checks for those seeking gun permits is done by State Police. This new order would require State Police to cross-check these names with the government watch lists. Permits can be revoked for anyone on the watch list that already has a gun permit.

President Barack Obama has called for legislature to make a move regarding preventing people on the no-fly list from buying guns.



Source: AP