Should Gun Making Plans Be Published on The Internet?
The battle of freedom of speech has reached the gun manufacturing business. A company in Texas wants to post online how to make a real gun made out of plastic. They want to show the exact specs on how to mass produce these plastic weapons. Is this a good idea? Cody Wilson is the man behind the idea. He attempted to do so back in 2013. He was denied access thru a lawsuit that was filed against him for the State Department. That lawsuit was settled between the State Department and Wilson last month.
He wanted to begin publishing his plans today (August 1). Eight states joined in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to let his company publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. Their suit contends the plastic guns are a threat to public safety, as they're hard to trace and accessible to criminals and terrorists.
The Attorneys General of Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia joined in the suit filed in Seattle. Yesterday a Federal Judge issued a temporary restraining order to halt the online distribution of the blueprints.
This reminds me of years ago when Meth was just becoming a problem in this country and law enforcement was asking people to keep an eye of people trying to steal anhydrous from tanks primarily in the rural areas.
The anhydrous was but one ingredient needed to make meth. What were the other ingredients? Well, all you had to do was to go to the internet and there it was…the recipe for making meth. There was uproar then and there will be uproar over this gun issue now.
So what do you think about posting the specs to make a gun on the internet?