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US firm to put 3D-printed gun designs back online, sparking fears After State Department allows blueprints to be posted, senator asks Pompeo to reconsider, saying it could end up putting rifles in the hands of Hamas

 

“When you think about all the rhetoric we here in our nation about tightening our borders and homeland security, and now we’re going to put out there for anyone who wants a recipe for how to overcome … TSA airport screenings or any other metal detector,” said Rick Myers, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. “It’s absolutely insane.”

 

The State Department decision came amid an obscure administrative change — begun under the Obama administration — in how the weapons are regulated and administered.

 


https://www.wired.com/story/a-landmark-legal-shift-opens-pandoras-box-for-diy-guns/

 

Cody Wilson fired the first printed gun over five years ago and posted the program on the internet.  They State Department demanded he take it down because it violated International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and he was effectively charged with exporting guns as if he had taken them out of the country.

 

Instead of bowing meekly to them, he took it to court as a violation of his free speech and faced the government down. Several years ago the Department of Justice offered him a settlement to end the lawsuit.

 

The program will be available on August 1 for anyone with the capability to print these guns.  But it won't be cheap.

 

Bottom line, it is a freedom of speech thing, but this will be regulated under the Commerce Department instead of State or Justice.   If someone decides to manufacture these commercially, that will be another matter.

 

There are two sides to what it means to governments.....if the materials was available, a good way to procure weapons.

 

Bottom line, Trump didn't ok anything, the government was forced to withdraw objections because of litigation regarding free speech rights.  If they could prohibit this, they would have reason to bar our posts.


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Mick, 

Thank you for your post . This is just wrong, just my opinion. Nancy 

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US firm to put 3D-printed gun designs back online, sparking fears After State Department allows blueprints to be posted, senator asks Pompeo to reconsider, saying it could end up putting rifles in the hands of Hamas

 

“When you think about all the rhetoric we here in our nation about tightening our borders and homeland security, and now we’re going to put out there for anyone who wants a recipe for how to overcome … TSA airport screenings or any other metal detector,” said Rick Myers, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. “It’s absolutely insane.”

 

The State Department decision came amid an obscure administrative change — begun under the Obama administration — in how the weapons are regulated and administered.

 

Military grade weapons remain under the purview of the State Department, while commercially available firearms fall under the Commerce Department. The settlement with Wilson determined that 3D-printed firearms are akin to more traditional firearms that aren’t subject to ITAR, or International Traffic in Arms Regulations, overseen by State.

 

After spending years fighting the federal government for the right to do so, a Texas company has been given the green light to post blueprints online showing people how to make 3D-printed guns from the comfort of their home.

 

Gun safety advocates and some law enforcement officials are appalled, worried that this is exactly what criminals and terrorists want: guns that can’t be flagged by metal detectors, don’t have serial numbers to trace, and don’t require the usual background checks.

They guns look futuristic, the type of firearms that would-be assassins use in movies: 3D-printed of a hard plastic that is simple to assemble, easy to conceal and tough to trace.

 

The issue was raised Wednesday during a meeting of Senate Foreign Relations Committee when Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat of Massachusetts, appealed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to rethink the permit, noting the abilities it would give terror groups like Hamas.

 

“I don’t think we really want to be in a world where Hamas in the Gaza has an ability to downloaded a capacity for an AR-15 that could endanger security in that region and the same thing could happen around the world,” Markey said, referring to a US-designed semiautomatic rile.

 

He said allowing the plan to go online would have “long-term national security and domestic security considerations for our country.”

 

Even without the 3D-printed guns, Israeli authorities say they have been battling to crack down on the spread of makeshift guns manufactured in the West Bank, several of which have been used in deadly attacks.

 

Source - https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-firm-to-put-3d-printed-gun-designs-back-online-sparking-fears/

 

 

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