Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints

Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints
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A group of Democratic senators are urging tech companies to ban the publication of 3D gun blueprints on their platforms.

The lawmakers told companies in letters made public Thursday and dated Aug. 14th that the blueprints would "allow users from all over the world to automate production of a gun using a 3-D printer."

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They expressed worries that although a federal district court recently barred a company, Distributed Defense, from sharing its blueprints, thousands of such 3D-gun making guides have already been downloaded, allowing people access to untraceable and undetectable" weapons.

"That is deeply troubling," said the senators.

They called on the companies to "remove content like 3-D gun designs" from their platforms keeping with their terms of service.

The letters were signed by Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE (D-Calif.), Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D-Fla.), Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezForeign Relations Democrat calls on Iran to release other American prisoners GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' MORE (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyThere's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down Trump administration drops plan to face scan all travelers leaving or entering US Advocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide MORE (D-Mass.) and sent to Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Craigslist, Google, Reddit and Yahoo, according to a press release.

Facebook has already taken such action, The Hill reported.

“Sharing instructions on how to print firearms using 3D printers is not allowed under our Community Standards. In line with our policies, we are removing this content from Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Hill last week.

The letter comes a day after the Justice Department put out a brief arguing against a federal judge’s injunction on the publishing of such blueprints. 

The DOJ did, however, say that it would prosecute those who made “plastic firearms that are undetectable” in violation of current laws.

"We will not stand for the evasion, especially the flaunting, of current law and will take action to ensure that individuals who violate the law by making plastic firearms and rendering them undetectable, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent," Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe MORE said in a statement Wednesday.