On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter as he does every morning. In between his usual tweets about “fake news” and “no Russian collusion,” he posted something out of the ordinary for him: a note about “3-D plastic guns.”
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
What the president is talking about are firearms manufactured by 3-D printers, the kind someone might buy for their home and literally print themselves a gun.
The first thing you should know: It’s not illegal to make your own gun. Gun enthusiasts have been legally manufacturing their own pistols, handguns, rifles, and other firearms for centuries — there’s not even a requirement that they register their firearm. As long as they don’t sell, share, trade, or seek to distribute their creations, they were in the clear with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). There are some restrictions such as undetectable firearms and “other weapons,” like non-sporting rifles and shotguns made from 10 or more imported parts. But, for the most part, if you aren’t a felon and know how to navigate through certain loopholes, it’s the wild west when it comes to your more common firearms. Read more…
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Author: Matt Binder
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