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3-D Printed Guns Are Disaster in Waiting, N.J. Tells Texas Firm

July 26, 2018, 9:16 PM

A Texas nonprofit defense firm’s plan to publish technical designs for firearms online so anyone can use them to manufacture fully operational “downloadable” guns using 3-D printers is drawing fire from New Jersey and several national gun-control groups.

Austin-based Defense Distributed would violate New Jersey law by allowing anyone to print guns regardless of age, criminal status or history of mental illness, the state’s Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, said in a letter July 26 calling on the company to stop its activities. The plan would also allow guns to be printed without serial numbers, making them untraceable, he said.

“The ...