Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) responded to 3D gun statements from President Trump and Democrats by pointing out that Congress cannot ban 3D printers or the internet.
His point–the technology to make a gun on 3D gun is nothing new and neither Congress nor the President can take away that technology.
On July 10, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed secured a settlement with the U.S. State Department allowing Wilson to begin sharing his 3D gun files online. 3D guns have been around for years and information for building them has been accessible in numerous formats, the settlement between Wilson and State simply allows Wilson to make the information available online.
The official share date for the files is August 1, 2018.
On July 31, 2018, President Trump tweeted:
I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
Two hours later Rep. Massie responded:
Even Congress can’t ban 3D printers, the internet, or the 1st Amendment. The President certainly can’t. And besides, there’s already a law against undetectable guns. 🏻♂️ With whom is he speaking at the NRA? https://t.co/tXjnODpo1n
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 31, 2018
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