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Rep. Taylor: Legislature Should Look Into 3D Gun Technology

Rep. Taylor: Legislature Should Look Into 3D Gun Technology
Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va. (Steve Helber/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 31 July 2018 03:23 PM

It is ''unrealistic" to think lawmakers can stop the technology that allows people to download programs that allow them to make a plastic handgun on a 3D printer in their own homes, Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., said Tuesday, but that does not mean they should not try.

"I don't care about what the NRA [National Rifle Association] says, I think the legislature as well as the executive branch should be looking over these things, should be understanding where we look to regulate them," Taylor told CNN's "New Day." "This is a growing issue that we're going to have because of computing power, and because of this stuff being able to spread like crazy not just on the regular Internet but the 'Dark Net' as well."

Trump has already tweeted the agreement does not make "much sense," and he is looking into it, but Taylor said it is "unrealistic to say we can just stop it."

But that does not mean lawmakers should not try, Taylor said.

"We're in an era of computing power that spreads very quickly," he said. "There's no question about that. There are things that we can do, and it's unrealistic to think there are things that can stop that because of the way the Internet works."

According to a recent legal agreement with Texas gun rights advocate Cody Wilson, the free distribution of plans that allow 3D printers to make handguns is allowed. He had argued the Constitution's Second Amendment, which allows gun ownership, should extend to allow people to make guns at home, and they should not be controlled by authorities since they would have no serial number.

Opponents argue the guns, which are made of plastic, are too easy to sneak past gun detectors and the agreement would allow people who should not have guns to have them.

"Legislation is behind technology," Taylor said. "There's no question about that, so I think we should take this up in Congress to see how we may be able to help and protect our citizens in the right way, and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them."

Taylor said he backs the Second Amendment, but the "legislature, the president and executive branch should work with us to figure out what we should do about it."

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Programs that allow Americans to make a plastic handgun on a 3D printer in their own homes are ''unrealistic" to stop via law, but that does not mean lawmakers should not try, according to Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va.
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