Harrisburg, PA – After concerns that anyone could download and 3D print a functioning rifle, Pennsylvania is working to block access to the gun blueprints.

Following an emergency hearing in federal court with Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Police, a company seeking to distribute downloadable gun files over the Internet agreed to make its sites inaccessible to Pennsylvania users, and to not upload any new 3D gun files.

The company, Defense Distributed, was selling the plans online. When you sign up, you are only required to pick a username, password and supply an email – you are not asked for proof of age, a valid gun license or a permit-to-carry number.

The gun plans, including blueprints for an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, were available to 3D print without serial numbers and without being subjected to the background check system for gun sales currently in place under federal and state law through licensed firearms dealers.

In order to make the guns, someone would have to have access to an expensive 3D printer and the guns would be made out of a hard plastic. Tests of the guns show that they would still be deadly.

Despite Pennsylvania’s lawsuit to stop Defense Distributed from selling their plans online, many people still worry that criminals will get their hands on the blueprints anyway.


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