State Leaders Sue, Block Access To 3D Printer Plans For Guns

Texas company agrees to block access to useres from PA

Paul Rasmussen
July 30, 2018 - 7:14 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - State leaders say they've stopped a company that makes 3D printable guns from making the plans accessible on the internet in Pennsylvania. Texas-based Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania users from its website after an emergency hearing Sunday in federal court in Philadelphia.

CBS News Technology Consultant Larry Magid says "the obvious concern here is that criminals, terrorists and others who shouldn't have guns can build their own guns, even if they would have touble buying them from a gun dealer. And with the right plans, it's possible to build guns with 3D printers that people could set up at home."

"So it would be possible for people to make these guns and not have them registered. And even though it's required to put in a little bit of metal, it's certainly possible to build a gun that could evade a metal detector."

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Governor Tom Wolf and State Police sued the company, which said in court 1,000 people have downloaded 3D plans for AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles since Friday.

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