WH: DOJ ‘Made a Deal’ on 3-D Gun Technology ‘Without the President’s Approval’

By Melanie Arter | August 1, 2018 | 10:27 PM EDT


(CNSNews.com) - The Department of Justice made a deal on 3-D gun technology without President Donald Trump’s approval, the White House said Wednesday.

When asked Wednesday what Trump plans to do specifically about 3D plastic guns and whether he has spoken with the National Rifle Association about the issue, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The Department of Justice made a deal without the president's approval.

“On those regards, the president is glad this effort was delayed to give more time to review the issue, and this administration supports the decades-old legislation already on the books that prohibits the ownership of a wholly plastic gun,” Sanders told reporters at the White House press briefing.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he was “looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public.” He said he already spoke to the NRA and that allowing the gun designs to be released to the public “doesn’t seem to make much sense.”

Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “Many anti-gun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3-D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms.”

“Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years. Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA’s support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.”

As CNSNews.com reported, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against the Trump administration and Defense Distributed, which developed the technology.

The attorneys general for eight states - Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York - and the District of Columbia sued to block the release of the technology, arguing that the administration’s decision to settle with Defense Distributed and allow it to release the downloadable gun files to the public violates the Administrative Procedure Act and the 10th Amendment.

In its lawsuit, they said the “downloadable guns, in the form of Computer Aided Design (CAD) files for the automated production of firearms using a 3-D printer” are a threat to national security and public safety.

The complaint states that “3-D printed guns are functional weapons that are often unrecognizable by standard metal detectors because they are made out of materials other than metal (e.g., plastic) and untraceable because they contain no serial numbers.

“Anyone with access to the CAD files and a commercially available 3-D printer could readily manufacture, possess, or sell such a weapon—even those persons statutorily ineligible to possess firearms, including violent felons, the mentally ill and persons subject to protection and no-contact orders,” it stated.


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