Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY FILES AMICUS BRIEF TO KEEP UNTRACEABLE, 3D PRINTED GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS AND CRIMINALS
Dan Gross: "What happens when these new, untraceable and undetectable guns wind up in the wrong hands, or easily slip through metal detectors at airports? As we have already seen, preventing those bent on violence from getting their hands on guns is a matter of national security.”
WASHINGTON - The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed an amicus brief today in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the government’s bid to keep 3D printed guns out of the hands of international terrorists.
The U.S. Department of State ordered Texas-based Defense Distributed to remove from the internet what amounted to a do-it-yourself kit for would-be terrorists to create untraceable and undetectable guns. Defense Distributed posted blueprints for 3D printed guns that can all too easily be carried through security checkpoints and used to wreak havoc.
“Especially in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, we simply cannot afford to hand terrorists and other dangerous people the tools they need to take innocent lives and perpetrate acts of terror on American soil or anywhere else,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “What happens when these new, untraceable and undetectable guns wind up in the wrong hands, or easily slip through metal detectors at airports? As we have already seen, preventing those bent on violence from getting their hands on guns is a matter of national security.”
“The Second Amendment doesn’t protect the right to make untraceable guns that could easily be used by terrorists, drug cartels, or other criminals,” said Jonathan Lowy, Director, of Brady’s Legal Action Project. “This case shows just how far the corporate gun lobby will go – fighting for a supposed right to export blueprints for anyone in the world to print, sell, or use an assault weapon or an undetectable plastic gun. They are willing to sacrifice national security for the sake of their extremist agenda.”
Brady’s brief argues there is no Second Amendment right to make and publish plans for 3D printed guns, and supports the State Department’s ban on exporting those plans outside the United States.
Brady’s brief, which was written by John D. Kimball, Martin S. Krezalek, and Nicholas R. Tambone of the Blank Rome law firm, contends that the United States has the right to regulate the export of firearms, and that Defense Distributed’s attempt to give detailed plan to print guns to anyone with an internet connection amounts to international firearms exportation.
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