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 FeinsteinFocus on Yemen, not the Saudi crown prince Senators want assurances from attorney general pick on fate of Mueller probe Mattis: Investigation into killing of Khashoggi is ongoing MORE (D-Calif.), Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonManchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives Rick Scott delays Senate swearing-in ceremony Races Dems narrowly lost show party needs to return to Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy MORE (D-Fla.), Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMore oversight of America’s international media networks a good idea Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Trump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it MORE (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyFocus on Yemen, not the Saudi crown prince Mattis: Investigation into killing of Khashoggi is ongoing Senators introduce resolution saying Saudi crown prince 'complicit' in Khashoggi slaying 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 SessionsBarr turned down defense attorney job with Trump: report Paul calls Trump's pick for attorney general's views on surveillance 'very troubling' John Kelly to leave White House at year's end MORE said in a statement Wednesday.