Push to permanently ban 3D printed guns after federal judge blocks release

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A Democratic candidate for Governor, along with other candidates for statewide office, are weighing in on the legal battle over the sale and production of 3D printed guns.

Critics warn, the weapons could be untraceable, and easy to sneak past metal detectors. Late Tuesday night, a federal judge stepped in on the matter.

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Blue prints that would allow someone to print a 3D gun were supposed to become available online at midnight. Instead, a judge put a stop to that. 

A total of 8 states, including Connecticut filed a lawsuit to stop them from being posted. This has become a very controversial topic over the last few days. 

Basically anyone would’ve been able to download those blueprints and then print the gun as long as you have access to a 3D printer. 

This set off a number of concerns. Gun control advocates say the plastic guns would be untraceable and could easily land in the hands of criminals.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal also expressed opposition to it all. 

“Coming to a theater near you, coming to a school near you,  coming to a sports stadium – to any public place. these ghost guns are the new wave of American gun violence,” said Blumenthal. 

This all came about after a company in Austin, Texas called “Defense Distributed” reached a settlement with the federal government in June that allowed them to make those 3D guns available online to download. 

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Supporters of all of this say those 3D gun blue prints are considered free speech. 

Wednesday’s news conference with Ned Lamont and other candidates is scheduled for 11 a.m. 
 

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