A federal rule could allow 3D gun blueprints to go back online soon

The Trump administration has proposed transferring authority of some small arms and ammunition exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department, which means 3D blueprints for guns could be posted online, again.

After an Austin man posted blueprints for the world's first fully 3D-printed gun online back in 2013, they've been blocked from the internet twice.

Anti gun folks claim this is about guns, but those who are pro-freedom should get upset about their First Amendment rights being violated.

Gun laws expert and author Alan Korwin said this is not the easiest way to get a gun.

"3D printed gun blueprints are already widely available and you don't need one of those to get a gun if you're a criminal," said Korwin.

He said it's about people's freedom to upload and access information.

"This isn't about gun control, it's about control. And, these plans are already all over the world. Nothing is going to change," said Korwin.

He said felons don't need a $5,000 3D printing device to make a plastic gun. It's not all that easy to find a 3D printer, print the hundreds of components of a gun, assemble it, to only shoot once...as opposed to getting a gun off the streets.

Houston gun rights attorney Edwin Walker said a state not involved in the lawsuit is trying to use its sovereignty to impose a First Amendment restriction on, is an absurd legal premise, as this doesn't make it legal for felons to carry firearms, they're still prohibited. The anti-gun people's fear-mongering is baseless and out of control.

When the design was first posted online, it was downloaded more than 100,000 times. Once it goes on the Internet, the design, in some form or fashion is there forever.

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