New Jersey lawmakers and public officials are looking to block a Texas company from releasing schematics on Aug. 1 for 3-D-printed plastic firearms, information which could allow residents to manufacture fully functional, untraceable guns out of their own homes, including AR-15-style assault rifles.
Congressman Frank Pallone, D-6th District, on Friday unveiled legislation that would outlaw the production of 3D firearms.
And on Thursday, New Jersey Attorney Gurbir Grewal sent a cease-and-desist letter to Texas-based Defense Distributed Founder Cody Wilson demanding he stop “publishing printable-gun computer files for use by New Jersey residents,” or face “legal action.”
“The files you plan to publish offer individuals, including criminals, codes that they can use to create untraceable firearms – and even to make assault weapons that are illegal in my state,” Grewal wrote.
In 2013, the federal government sued Defense Distributed to stop them from publishing the 3-D schematics after Wilson posted a YouTube video of his first 3-D-printed plastic gun, a single-shot .380 caliber handgun dubbed “the Liberator.”
Following years of legal back-and-forth between the feds and Defense Distributed, the two ultimately reached a settlement earlier in 2018 that would allow for their publication.
“Given the gun violence epidemic plaguing our communities, the last thing our country needs is an unregulated and untraceable source of lethal firearms,” Pallone said.