3D-Printed Guns: What You Need to Know

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3D-Printed Guns: What You Need to Know

By now, you’ve probably seen all the news regarding the company Defense Distributed, more specifically its founder Cody Wilson and 3D-printed guns.

 

Issues surrounding 3D-printing firearms and firearms parts have recently come up in the Senate and been addressed by White House officials.

A few weeks ago, the Department of Defense settled its legal battle with the designer of 3D-printed firearms, allowing the company to re-release its CAD files to the public. That announcement sent state lawmakers scrambling in an effort to keep 3D-printed guns off the market. Eight states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the federal government (11 more states have since joined that lawsuit), and last week a federal judge blocked the publication of those blueprints.

According to Defense Distributed, the company who originally created a published the 3D plans, the blueprints had already been downloaded more than 400,000 times before they were removed for the first time in 2013, and while the company had re-uploaded the files to its site prior to the judge’s ruling, it has since blocked access to comply with the court order.

So, what does all this mean for you, the person who wants to 3D print a gun?

 

Gunned Down

Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet,” the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris Cox asserts, “undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years.” In order to comply with this law, blueprints for 3D-printed guns still require a metal firing pin and a six-ounce piece of steel to enable metal detectors to spot the guns.

Plans for plastic guns also lack critical components, like bolts, barrels, stocks, or other parts, so they’re not firing live rounds hot off the 3D press. 

Additionally, California required that all 3D-printed guns be registered two years ago, and other states may have followed suit — so even if you manage to print and assemble a gun, you’ll probably need to register it like any other firearm.

 

All the Guns That Are Fit to Print

Currently, Defense Distributed’s website relating to its “Liberator” 3D-printable gun reads: “This site, after legally committing its files to the public domain through a license from the U.S. Department of State, has been ordered shut down by a federal judge in the Western District of Washington.” So, unless you downloaded the files pre-2013, snagged them in the short time between the settlement and the new injunction, or don’t want to go elsewhere on the internet for the plans, you’ll just have to wait on your 3D-printed gun until courts can balance the First and Second Amendment issues with the public safety concerns.

There are 3D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm,” U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote last week, temporarily making publication of 3D gun printing files illegal under federal law. And you definitely can’t sell those guns, even if you can manage to make one.

Originally seen on FindLaw

 


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Man Runs Self Over Gets DWI

File this one under Unbelievable.

There are many straightforward ways that a person can get charged with an OVI, DUI, DWI: being pulled over for driving erratically, sobriety checkpoints, or being involved in a car accident.

Then, there are less conventional ways to get an OVI, DUI, DWI, such as riding a horse on the freeway.

Regardless of how you end up being arrested for an OVI, DUI, DWI, your life and mood turn from good to bad in an instant. However, being charged after being hit by your own car, just adds insult to injury.

While this may sound like something out of a reality TV show like COPS or movie like Jackass, it actually happened to a man in Virginia.


 

March 6, 2018 – ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself.

Fairfax County Police released dashboard video from Tuesday’s incident showing 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu getting out of his car on a residential street in the Alexandria section, a Washington suburb. But Bonsu apparently forgot to put the car in park and the video shows him running in front of the car and being struck.

Bonsu gets up and continues running. Police say they caught him, unharmed, after a brief foot chase.

Police say they initially pulled Bonsu over Sunday for an apparent equipment violation.

Charges against Bonsu include a third-time DWI, felony hit-and-run, and illegal window tint.

 


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