Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Cosponsors Bill to Stop 3-D Downloadable Guns and Urges Tennessee Attorney General to Seek an Injunction

July 31, 2018
Press Release
Cites serious threat to public safety

[WASHINGTON, DC] – After writing to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery late yesterday urging him to seek an injunction against the publishing of blueprints for a 3-D downloadable guns, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) today cosponsored legislation to block the proliferation of 3-D guns. A copy of Congressman Cohen’s letter to Attorney General Slatery can be found here.

“Guns manufactured pursuant to these instructions would be essentially untraceable to law enforcement and nearly undetectable to metal detectors,” said Congressman Cohen. “The blueprints could help individuals, regardless of criminal history or mental fitness, to obtain firearms, even potentially assault weapons.  The threat this poses to public safety is serious.  These blueprints should not be released.”

Today, Congressman Cohen cosponsored the Untraceable Firearms Act, which was introduced this morning by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). The bill would prohibit the manufacture or possession of 3-D printed guns that are made of plastic, rendering them virtually undetectable by metal detectors.

In June, the Trump Administration’s State Department agreed to allow the Texas-based group Defense Distributed to post designs for 3-D printed guns online. Critics of the decision believe that proliferation of this technology will make it virtually impossible to prevent criminals, terrorists and others who should not possess firearms to easily build their own do-it-yourself firearms. Furthermore, critics point out that these plastic firearms would be virtually impossible to detect using modern security technology such as metal detectors, and that they would lack serial numbers, rendering them essentially untraceable to law enforcement.