Duckworth Joins Effort To Restrict Info About 3-D Printed Firearms

Aug 3, 2018

The Senator hopes to prevent the spread of 3-D printed firearms by blocking the online instructions to create them.
Credit Tammy Duckworth

  

Senator Tammy Duckworth was one of 23 lawmakers to introduce legislation earlier this week that would block the sale of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms. 

Speaking on The 21st show, the Illinois Democrat says she hopes to prevent the spread of 3-D printed firearms by blocking the online instructions to create them.

“They're dangerous not just for the potential victims but also for the shooters, they, these guns also tend to blow up.”

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order on the publication of downloadable instructions for making the plastic, but deadly, firearms using a 3-D printer.

“To have easy access to completely undetectable guns that can make it through you know metal detectors and the traditional ways that you know law enforcement prevent firearms from entering onto airplanes and the like is really dangerous for the American public.”

Senator Duckworth and her colleagues in the Senate hope the legislation introduced this week will provide more permanent safeguards against 3-D printed weapons.