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Oregon AG, 20 others sue Trump administration over new 3D-printed gun rule

Americans can legally download 3-D printed guns starting next month
A settlement between gun-rights activists and the government has cleared the way to post plans for 3D printed guns online.

Attorneys general claim it would let anyone make untraceable firearms

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined a group of 21 attorneys general in a lawsuit filed Thursday night challenging the Trump administration’s latest rule allowing 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet.

Rosenblum said the rule would effectively enable anyone to access 3D-print files online and make unregistered, untraceable firearms. These untraceable firearms, sometimes called “ghost guns,” are very difficult to trace or detect.

“These ‘plug and play’ online files make it easy for practically anyone to build their own untraceable gun, and they are very scary,” Rosenblum said. “The Trump administration is proposing to give anyone with access to the internet and a 3D printer the ability to create deadly weapons, completely evading laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

This is the second lawsuit filed by the attorneys general related to 3D-printed gun files on the internet. They first filed a lawsuit in 2018, and in November of 2019, a federal judge struck down the federal government’s temporary rules allowing internet publication of 3D-printed gun files.

However, the federal government issued new rules Thursday that would transfer regulation of 3D-printed guns from the State Department to the Department of Commerce, effectively allowing unlimited distribution.

The new lawsuit was filed in Seattle in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The attorneys general argue that the new rules are unlawful for many of the same reasons as in the previous lawsuit.

Rosenblum has been a strong advocate for better state and federal regulation of untraceable 3D-printed firearms and ghost guns. In 2019, she advocated for Oregon Senate Bill 978, which would have outlawed untraceable guns.

“Senate Bill 978 would have closed a dangerous loophole by creating a background check requirement and requiring a serial number for 3D-printed guns. It would have also made possession of any firearm built to avoid a metal detector illegal,” she said. “These are common-sense protections and I hope to bring this bill back to the Legislature for its reconsideration.”

In addition to Oregon, the states participating in this lawsuit are: Washington, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York,  Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and the District of Columbia.

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      1. The more guns we can anoymously get into everyones hands the safer we’ll be according to the national redneck association !!! LMAO!!! Doesn’t it bother you to be so blatantly manipulated by an industry mouthpiece’s obvious and sophmoric propaganda!!! You should’ve stayed in school! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. No one NEEDS all those books in the library. no one NEEDS to listen to 20 different news outlets. No one NEEDS the internet. No one NEEDS the choice of religions.

      1. come on Joe, you knew it would happen if you didn’t calm down – you stripped a gear – not sure if anyone can figure out what you are trying to convey – not sure if you can – get some rest

  1. Yet again people that know nothing about guns trying to make laws about guns.

    1. The files are already out there on the internet and there is no stopping then from being passed around. So stop wasting everyone’s time.

    2. This is not the first Improvised firearm that can be made at home. They were making firearms at home before WWII. In the 60’s and 70’s they were called zip guns. Nothing new here.

    3. It is 100% legal to make your own firearms at home. 80% lowers are a example of this. You can’t sell them, or give them to some one else. Other wise it’s 100% legal at the Federal level. State level? . . . .Check your local laws.

    Again nothing new here.

      1. It’s illegal to make undetectable guns. Are you suggesting criminals would break the law. And NOT put the hunk of metal required to detect this gun. So many stupid gun laws are made from hollywood movies (in this case “In the Line of Fire” and dozens others made from the “Lethal Weapon” franchise).

  2. Not sure if people realize but with basic machining skills and less than a $1000 investment, pretty much anybody can produce a gun capable of firing bullets, even a simple machine gun. Also on our porosus Southern border anybody can smuggle anything in as long as it financially benefits them, including guns if there is a black market for it.
    But lets create a hysteria over some prints someone posted on the internet! What’s next, banning pictures showing guns because someone may make one at home?

      1. The clueless and uneducated anti-gun crowd was saying the same thing when the
        Glocks first started becoming popular, just because the frames are made out of polymer. They weren’t smart enough to know that Glocks actually have many metal parts but
        that’s not a surprise because they don’t know the first thing about firearms…

        1. Yes and with only 33,000 Americans killed by guns last year we need more of them. especially if we can get them to anyone anonymously and take them on planes. excellent. ROTFLMAO!!! You should have stayed in school!!

      2. Not true! Where there is a will, there is always a way . . . CIA, MOSSAD, KGB, and many other agencies have ways of hiding firearms and smuggling them onto civilian aircraft. Some of the plans are on the web, for those that want to know.

      3. Wrong, there has always been ways to get guns on planes. Long before the internet was even around. Guess you never made “guns” as a kid? Well, there are literally thousands of ways to shoot a projectile from basically any non metalic material.

    1. Actually, there are plans available on the web, using hardware store parts and no machining skills needed. Roughly $100 in parts and a few common hand tools. Full auto SMG . . . Yeah, I have no desire to try one or fire one. (I do question the safety aspects, but reports are they work and work as designed.)

  3. All the plaintiffs are unclear on how the Internet works.

    It’s already far too late to stop the proliferation of 3D gun plans, even if you ignore all the First and Second Amendment issues.

  4. Hate to break it to you capt obvious but a plastic gun minus a bullet poses no threat. Bullets still need a metal casing, or they will explode without ever throwing the projectile. A metal bullet still shows up, even on the weakest metal detectors, just like a key does. So let a moron bring a plastic gun onto a plane. Best it is going to shoot with an actual metal bullet might be a few well placed rubber bands.

    1. Hate to break it to you son, but the TSA misses actual weapons all the time. Skipping the sensationalized news specials, I’ve had a few acquaintances who’ve accidentally transported firearms and not been questioned. With the amount of metal junk we carry do you really think bullets are going to be the problem?

    2. There are non-metallic bullets that are lethal at close range. But sneaking these onto planes isn’t a real concern–cockpit doors are bulletproof.

      But they are a great way for mentally-disturbed homicidal maniacs to print their own guns at home if it’s not legal for them to purchase one.

    3. Obviously you’re behind the times . . . You can make bullets using a hot glue gun for use indoors. As for metal cases, there are case-less rounds, and there are nylon cased rounds.
      As for the “hot glue” rounds, they’re just that . . . bullet mold, hot glue gun . . . No powder need for in home practice, just need a back stop of several layers of cloth. Power to shoot the glue round comes from the primer only. Yes, they are re-usable.
      Case-less rounds have been around for a long time and even Daisy made a rifle that fired case-less ammo (NOT BB’s, but an actual bullet).

      Do a little research . . .

  5. “Attorneys general claim it would let anyone make untraceable firearms”
    People are already allowed to make “untraceable” firearms per ATF rules ( Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44). You can buy 80% kits and make them yourself until the cows come home. I would love to see the AGs present us with all the criminals using single shot disposable 3D printed guns committing their crimes. I can see it now. Gangsters buying 3D printers for a few thousand dollars (the good ones are needed for these 3D patterns) on 3D printers, then printing one out over hours, rather then calling up another gangster buddy and buying a cheap reliable semi-auto gun with the serial number filed off.

    1. (A) 3D printer prices are only going to come down.
      (B) Even at a few thousand dollars, an enterprising gangster can make all that back in no time selling guns to gangster buddies.

      Of course, this depends on the reliability of 3D-printed materials coming up… but it will. The Chinese are good at that.

      1. Ban 3D printers. Too many scary things we can make with them. You can make a pointy item and bring it on to a plane. It only took box cutters to take down 4 airliners.

  6. Son really? Oh buddy that is probably impossible with my age. Ha. Nothing is perfect but even if you go with what you say, then it doesn’t matter anyways 3D printed or not.

  7. Hilarious. You can already build your own guns. From scratch. Want a glock? Buy a glock 80% frame. 1911? Same thing. 10/22 even….yup… you can build one of those too. It isn’t illegal

  8. When the time comes, these plastic 3D printed guns are the least of your worries . . . Think about it, the M1A2 tank was taken out by Taliban using improvised devices. Armored troop carriers had to be continuously modified and upgraded, as the Taliban came up with new ways to take them out. And some of you don’t think a Redneck can’t do the some??? The only saving grace you have, is that criminals don’t seem to be smart enough to design or build these things. So what are you Liberals going to do? Write new laws making them illegal? Criminals don’t obey the laws now and you think they’ll obey them after the laws are on the books? Ya’ll are lucky the vast majority of people are good, honest, peaceful, law abiding citizens.

      1. Laws are like locks . . . They are only there to keep honest people honest! Laws serve a purpose, but people have to realize that laws will never stop a dis-honest person from committing a crime, just like laws will never stop a person with evil intent.

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