Backlash on 3D gun tech as lawmakers, states mobilize to outlaw
By Chris Eger
While Defense Distributed made headlines by making a plastic 3-D printed single-shot pistol in 2013, the company has moved on from there and now plans to offer nearly a dozen files including those for AR-15s. (Photos: DefDist)
From coast to coast, attorneys general and legislators at multiple levels are reacting to a relaxation of controls on downloadable gun files.
With recent court wins by Austin-based Defense Distributed against the federal government and a trio of large gun control groups, the company is set to go live on Wednesday with downloadable CNC and CAD files for nearly a dozen popular — and often public domain — firearms.
However, on Monday, a group of 21 attorneys general fronted by Maura Healey of Massachusetts penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to scrap the settlement with DefDist, holding the company’s actions are reckless.
“The federal government is trying to allow access to online plans that will allow anyone to anonymously build their own downloadable, untraceable, and undetectable gun,” said Healey. “This is an imminent threat to public safety and violates the law. We have a responsibility to ensure that these files are not made easily available to the