Gipson Condemns Settlement to Publish Plans of “Ghost Guns” Manufacturing Online

Thursday, July 19, 2018

CARSON, Calif --- In an unprecedented legal decision, the Federal Department of Justice and the Second Amendment Foundation came to an agreement to allow gun-rights activists to post 3-D printable gun plans online beginning August 1, 2018.  Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, chair of the California Assembly Democratic Caucus and author of Assembly Bill 2382 condemned the decision, calling it a threat to public safety.

“It is deeply disturbing to me that with so little notice, people will soon be able to share their plans on how to make a gun online.  How does this make sense?” said Asm. Gipson.  “At a time when this nation has been rocked by shootings in movie theaters, places of worship, and schools, what message are we sending to people?  The Trump Administration should be ashamed of themselves for being so reckless and continuing to put profit over with public safety.”

The decision to publish blueprints of firearms online stems from a 2013 legal battle filed by Defense Distributed to allow anyone with a 3-D printer to download, print, and assemble a gun.

“Ghost guns are a very real issue in the communities I represent as well as across the state.  Not too long ago there was a shooting in Rancho Tehama in Northern California where a man murdered 5 people including his wife with a ghost gun. With this decision, we are opening the floodgates for people’s lives to be in jeopardy.”

On February 1, 2018, Asm. Gipson introduced AB 2382 relating to unregistered and untraceable firearms known as “ghost guns.” AB 2382 would authorize the California Department of Justice to issue firearm precursor parts vendor licenses and require any person purchasing firearm precursor parts to undergo a background check.

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