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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 FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review MORE (D-Calif.), Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonGillum holds razor-thin lead in Florida race Senate panel wants Hyundai, Kia to answer over reported engine fires Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach MORE (D-Fla.), Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTrump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Senate Dems ask Trump to disclose financial ties to Saudi Arabia Dems damp down hopes for climate change agenda 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 SessionsMcGahn departs as White House counsel The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms MORE said in a statement Wednesday.