Sen. Schumer on 3D Guns: Trump Administration ‘Enslaved by the NRA’

By Brady Kenyon | July 31, 2018 | 2:56pm EDT
"The Liberator," a 3D printed
handgun. (Defense Distributed,

( -- Commenting on President Donald Trump’s remarks about the private sector publishing the blueprints for printing 3D guns, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the administration is “enslaved” by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and when the NRA “says jump, they say, how high?”

At a Capitol Hill press conference on the 3D gun plans, Sen. Schumer said, “Surely as we’re here today, nothing’s going to happen from his administration. We’re going to have to pass legislation [against 3D guns]. Because they are just enslaved by the NRA.”

“When the NRA says jump, they say, how high?” added Schumer.

President Trump commented on the issue on Tuesday in tweet, stating, “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!” 

“Now the president tweeted about this, this morning,” said Schumer. “It’s a dollar short and a day late.”

“Where the heck has he been and this idea that he’ll look into it -- we’ve been down that rabbit hole before,” said Schumer.

The Democrat continued, “On issue after issue when the Trump administration's MO when there's a crisis is to say we’ll look into to it, working with the NRA, and then nothing happens.”

(Image: YouTube)

In June, a gun-rights group, Defense Distributed, reached a settlement with the federal government that will allow it to post the digital blueprints for 3D guns online. Downloadable blueprints for the guns will be made available to the public on Wednesday, August 1.  

The lawsuit started back in 2013, during the Obama administration.

Twenty-one state attorneys general sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday, asking the government to withdraw from the settlement.

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