AGs Aim at Feds in 3D Gun Fight
A coalition of top prosecutors from around the country are pushing back on President Donald Trump’s push to allow plans for guns that can be made with 3D printers to be published online. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is among the group of AGs from 20 states and the District of Columbia that filed a suit in Seattle that centers on public safety in lifting the ban. Potentially untraceable, guns made with the technology could find their way into the hands of those banned from owning firearms if blueprints are made available over the Internet, critics of the administration’s plan say.
However, the Trump Administration is placing Constitutional principles of free speech and the right to bear arms ahead of a restriction that which was upheld by a district court judge in the state of Washington last year. The court ruled the administration had violated federal law by failing to notify Congress that the State Department had reached a volountary settlement with a Texas company that allowed it to publish blueprints on its website. The administration has shifted responsibility for regulation to the Commerce Department in an attempt to overcome the ruling, prompting the renewed legal action.