Brady Center Suing U.S. Over Allowing 3-D Gun Blueprints

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The gun violence prevention group Brady Center is suing the Trump administration over its decision to allow blueprints for 3-D guns to be uploaded and shared online, reports USA Today. The organization said it wants the Department of State to show documents explaining why it cleared the distribution of blueprints to create 3-D guns. The center says the Department of State has not presented any documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed more than five months ago. “The Trump Administration must explain to the public why it chose to reverse longstanding State Department policy opposing publication of blueprints, and decide to allow terrorists and other dangerous people to make undetectable, untraceable guns with 3-D printers in complete anonymity,” said Brady president Kris Brown.

In July, the Department of State settled a lawsuit with Defense Distributed that would allow the Texas-based non-profit organization to offer 3-D gun blueprints online. The settlement prompted a lawsuit by 19 states and the District of Columbia seeking a permanent ban on distributing blueprints. In August, a federal judge ruled the president or Congress should make the decision on their approval.  If approved, the blueprints would allow anyone with the correct equipment and materials to 3-D-print a gun. The Brady Center and other critics of 3-D guns say they can’t be traced, and don’t require a background check to obtain.

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