(WRIC) — Plans for 3-D printed guns could be posted online as early as Wednesday.
Supporters say it’s a Second Amendment right while opponents claim it’s an easy way for crooks to skirt background checks and possibly lead to an increase in gun violence.
Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring is taking a stand against 3-D printed guns, which can be made at home.
Herring, joined by attorneys generals from 20 states including the District of Columbia, is looking to prevent the release of 3-D printed gun plans online. If they can’t, the plans will be available later this week.
“It would allow people who are currently prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms to be able to make their own,” said Herring.
A federal government agreement with a Texas gun designer would allow plans for 3-D guns to be posted online.
“What we try to do is keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are dangerous,” said Herring. “But instead this takes us in the wrong direction and makes them available to anyone who’s got a 3-D printer.”
In 2013, the original plans were posted online for the 3-D guns but the government took them down. The designer sued and now that has been overturned, which concerns Attorney General Herring because of how hard those guns could be to track.
“3-D printers use plastic so these kinds of guns when they’re made with a 3-D printer, are virtually undetectable and untraceable,” said Herring.
The letter was sent today to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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