Update: On August 27, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik extended the temporary restraining order he issued on July 31 to prevent Cody Wilson from publishing blueprints for 3D-printed guns online until a legal dispute over the matter is resolved in court. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have now joined Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a lawsuit against Wilson and his company Defense Distributed. Wilson was arrested in Tapei, Taiwan on September 21, 2018 for sexually assaulting a 16 year-old girl in Texas. Taiwan extradited him to the United States. Wilson announced his resignation from Defense Distributed, the company he founded. On December 28, 2018, Wilson was indicted on four counts of sexual assault of a child, two charges of indecency with a child by contact, and two charges of indecency with a child by exposure. The charges are all second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Wilson was released from jail on a $150,000 bond and will be monitored.
In June 2018, the Trump State Department negotiated a settlement with Texas-based Defense Distributed (Cody Wilson) that would allow for the publication of blueprints for 3D-printed guns online. The gun plans previewed on Defense Distributed’s website include the “Liberator” pistol and two assault rifles: an AR-15 and a VZ-58, a Czechoslovakian weapon.
The agreement was scheduled to go into effect on August 1, but a day before that a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order blocking the release of “ghost gun” blueprints, citing the “possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made.”
Because 3D-printed guns can be made entirely from plastic, they pose a threat to buildings or checkpoints that rely on metal detectors for security. That’s why Republican President Ronald Reagan signed “The Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988,” but that was when plastic firearms had to be made by hand.
Former ATF agent David Chipman of Giffords has warned what that “criminals have started using ‘ghost guns’ as a way to circumvent assault weapon regulations.” Because 3D-printed guns lack serial numbers, they are difficult if not impossible to trace to their owners/makers.
Please take one or more of the following actions:
1) Sign the following petition from MomsRising demanding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo terminate his department’s settlement agreement with Defense Distributed:
2) Contact the State Department and/or White House through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:
I am deeply disturbed by the settlement the State Department negotiated with Defense Distributed (Cody Wilson) in June that will allow anyone to publish blueprints for 3D-printed guns online starting August 1, 2018. This settlement agreement should be terminated IMMEDIATELY. Regulation of plastic guns began under President Ronald Reagan in 1988 with The Undetectable Firearms Act. This is NOT a partisan issue. It is about the safety and security of the American people. You know darn well that when you let these blueprints go online they will be used by criminals and terrorists to easily and cheaply mass-manufacture all-plastic weapons that can defeat security checkpoints (metal detectors). Furthermore, “ghost guns” lack serial numbers. When they are found at crime scenes they are difficult if not impossible to trace. DO NOT do this and proliferate these dangerous weapons in our communities. If you do, you will be held accountable for the ensuing bloodshed that occurs.
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