Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Trump delivers more winning on Second Amendment

By Steve Israel
(Steve Israel was a Democratic representative from Long Island from 2001 to 2017.)

...On June 29, the administration settled a lawsuit with Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed. He had sued the government after being forced by the State Department to take down online instruction manuals for a pistol that could be made by anyone with access to a 3-D printer because the instructions violated export laws. The settlement says that 3-D printing tutorials are approved “for public release (i.e. unlimited distribution) in any form.” The government also agreed to pay nearly $40,000 of Mr. Wilson’s legal fees — a particularly galling example of Mr. Trump’s obsequiousness to the most extreme fringe of the gun lobby.

Defense Distributed says it will repost the blueprints for undetectable weapons on Aug. 1, when, in its words, “the age of the downloadable gun formally begins,” The downloadable files will reportedly include AR-15-style rifles, which were used in recent mass shootings in Las Vegas; Newtown, Conn., and Orlando and Parkland, Fla.

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