Mayor Bowser proposes amendment to ban 3D-printed guns in D.C.

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As of Wednesday, it will be legal to download instructions on how to make a plastic handgun with a 3-D printer. The instructions for the Liberator are being published on a website run by nonprofit Defense Distributed.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced legislation Monday that would make it illegal to posses undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns and other “ghost guns” in the District.

The “Ghost Guns Prohibition Emergency Amendment Act of 2018” amends the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 to prohibit the registration and possession of firearms that, after the removal of all parts other than a receiver, cannot be detected by a metal detector.

“From requiring stronger background checks to raising the purchase age, Americans want common-sense gun reform that makes it more difficult – not easier – for guns to fall into the wrong hands,” said Mayor Bowser. “As technology around the production of undetectable guns advances, our federal government must take action to protect Americans from senseless gun violence.”

Earlier this year, the federal government reached a settlement allowing for the uploading of electronic files that enable individuals to make 3D-printed ghost guns. Recently, court actions have enjoined ghost gun blueprints from being published online. Blueprints, however, can be obtained by direct purchase through the sale and shipment of flash drives.

Officials say while unregistered firearms are already illegal, this legislation would give law enforcement the possibility of  charging an additional offense, specific to ghost guns, in view of the unique risks such undetectable, and often home-made, weapons pose.

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