>> Coming to a theater near you, coming to a school near you.>> Democratic senators, on Tuesday, trying desperately to stop the online publication of designs for 3D printable guns before they become widely available at midnight Tuesday, the senators planning to introduce a bill to stop the spread of the untraceable weapons.
The urgent effort coming after the Trump administration reached the deal with Texas-based Defense Distributed to legally publish gun blueprints on the Internet. Tina Ballan is reporting the story.>> Gun control groups are really concerned over these 3D blueprints becoming accessible to virtually every person with access to a 3D printer and the Internet.
They say that it would allow criminals to print guns at home without these arms being traceable, without any metal parts inserted in them, so they could enter secured areas and avoid detection.>> These downloadable firearms are available even to those who could not pass a background check. It's the ultimate gun loophole.
>> Until recently, the government agreed, arguing that the blueprints posed a national security threat, but in June the State Department suddenly reached the settlement with Defense Distributed after the company sued, allowing it to distribute its gun designs. On Tuesday, President Trump raised concerns about 3D guns in a tweet.
I'm looking into 3-D Guns being sold to the public, he wrote. Already spoke to the NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense.>> Trump's tweet this morning is confusing a lot of people because they don't really understand how Trump was not aware of what his own administration, his own State Department, was doing.
>> Several US states are also taking the issue to court. A judge could rule on their calls for an injunction later on Tuesday. Although it's set on Wednesday deadline, Defense Distributed has already began publishing some gun blueprints on its website, including designs for semi-automatic weapons like the AR15, which has been used in several recent mass shootings, and promises to publish more.
And they'll continue to be available, unless a judge or the US Congress stops them.