3D printable guns ignites debate in the DMV

WOODBRIDGE, VA -- Pauline Johnson is still struggling over the shooting death of her son Hollis Johnson, who was gunned in Prince Georges County about three years ago. The person responsible has not been caught. When she heard about the technology, where anyone with a computer and a 3D printer can literally manufacture a firearm without a serial number, she was alarmed. Johnson said, she cannot fathom how anyone can even consider such a ridiculous idea. She says, about the manufacturer of the blueprints, which might be available for download after August 10th. "If they ever had to deal with gun violence, would they have the same thought to even consider having a technology to be available on a printer". Johnson says, the thought of anyone being able to print a firearm goes beyond the sensibilities of a civilized society.

The debate over 3D printed guns started when the Obama administration blocked the distribution of the blue prints from the company who owns them. Recently, the Trump's administration took on a different approach, settling the the company and allowing them to make available their blueprints by August 1st. A federal issued an emergency temporary injunction, blocking the release of the blueprints citing that the lawyers bringing the suit have shown cause for irreparable harm. A hearing is scheduled for August 10th.

Andrew Partick with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, based in Washington DC says, this technology is a threat to public safety. He says already stressed police departments will have a difficult time solving violent crimes involving guns without a serial number. He says the plastic components of these guns makes them virtually invisible to metal detectors.

Scott Wahl of 50 West Armory in Chantilly, VA says that the idea of someone going through the headache of printing a gun that is not durable because of its plastic components, when they can just spend a few hundred dollars and purchase one does not make sense. He says, "The thought that people are going to start printing guns that's going to turn into a criminal way for people to acquire firearm is ridiculous".

In the meantime, Pauline Johnson is still holding hope that the person to took her son's is apprehended and prosecuted. She plans to start a non profit in her son's honor to stop the proliferation of gun violence.

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