Federal Judge Quashed Release of 3D Gun Files

The liberal temper tantrum appears to have gained traction, at least for now, when a Federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order against the release of Cody Wilson’s 3D gun files. Of course at least 1,000 people had already downloaded them before the release date of August 1.

The list of Democrat attorneys general that filed lawsuits against the release was up to eight when Judge Robert Lasnik issued the ruling.

The panic from the liberals comes from the belief that the 3D guns are “untraceable and undetectable.” But that’s not entirely true. It’s ILLEGAL to build a gun that’s undetectable according to the thirty-year-old Undetectable Firearms Act. So here’s the rub – 3D guns must contain a certain amount of metal.  Some 3D designers got around that regulation by adding a removable metal block, according to the New York Post.

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The Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 (has been expanded to 2023) reads in part,

“Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 – Amends the Federal criminal code to make it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm: (1) which is not as detectable as the Security Exemplar (after the removal of grips, stocks, and magazines) by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect the Exemplar; or (2) of which any major component, when subjected to inspection by x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component.

Defines the term “Security Exemplar” to mean an object that is suitable for testing and calibrating metal detectors and is, during the 12-month period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, constructed of 3.7 ounces of stainless steel in a shape resembling a handgun. Directs the Secretary of the Treasury, at the close of such 12-month period and at appropriate times thereafter, to promulgate regulations to permit the manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, transfer, or receipt of firearms that are as detectable as a security exemplar which contains 3.7 ounces of stainless steel or such lesser amount as is detectable in view of advances in state-of-the-art developments in weapons detection technology.

States that no provision of this Act shall not apply to: (1) the manufacture, possession, transfer, receipt, shipment, or delivery of a firearm by a licensed manufacturer for the purpose of examining and testing such firearm to determine whether it would be prohibited by this Act; and (2) any firearm which has been certified by the Secretary of Defense or the Director of Central Intelligence as necessary for military or intelligence applications and is manufactured for and sold exclusively to military or intelligence agencies of the United States.”

As we previously mentioned, it is unclear how reliable a 3D gun will be, how accurate, or how long it would last. It has been mentioned that they break down after a period of time (they are plastic after all). The printers to make then run around $100,000. If you were to buy one, you’d still have to get it from a licensed Firearms Dealer, according to criminaldefenselawyer.com. But whether or not the the guns will ever be generally popular is up in the air.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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