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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


For media inquiries only, contact:  
Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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~ In addition to pressing Sessions and Pompeo, AG Herring will join colleagues in asking the Courts to block this reckless plan to expand access to 3D-printed guns ~  

RICHMOND (July 31, 2018) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring is joining a lawsuit in federal court to prevent the creation of untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns that would skirt background check laws. The suit, filed yesterday in the Western District of Washington, seeks an injunction to prevent the distribution of detailed plans for printing plastic guns using 3-D printers. Such weapons could be undetectable by metal detectors, untraceable because of a lack of a serial number, and sought out by criminals and domestic abusers who cannot legally possess a firearm or pass a background check. The company that wants to distribute the plans online does not require proof of age or proof of eligibility before allowing a customer to download the plans.


“Home-printed, untraceable, undetectable guns are just about the worst idea I’ve ever heard,” said Attorney General Herring. “We’re going to keep pressing the Trump Administration to abandon this foolish plan, but in the meantime we’re also turning to the courts to help protect Virginians.”


Attorney General Herring previously joined a bipartisan coalition of 21 attorneys general in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo objecting to the Trump administration’s plan to allow the print-at-home gun plans to be made available online.


In the letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues argue that publicly available information on 3-D printed weapons will enable the production of firearms that are untraceable and undetectable by magnetometers in places such as airports, government buildings and schools. Additionally, unrestricted access to this kind of information will increase illegal trafficking of weapons across state and national borders.


The posting of the print-at-home gun plans was set in motion by a recent settlement between the Trump administration and Defense Distributed, a Texas-based online company that was previously ordered by the U.S. Department of State to remove downloadable files for firearms from its website.



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