AG Brad Schimel addresses 3D-printable gun controversy

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel weighed in on the 3D-printed gun debate during his stop in Eau Claire Thursday. 

On Tuesday Federal Judge Robert Lasnik ruled it is illegal to post blueprints for 3D-printable guns online.  However, there are hundreds of designs reportedly downloaded before the judge’s decision.

Lasnik believes the postings could help criminals and terrorist manufacture untraceable weapons.

On Thursday, News 18 asked Attorney General Brad Schimel about his stance on 3D-printable guns.  Schimel said the information is already available on the internet, and has been for a while. "People do have First Amendment rights to communicate things that we find distasteful, it is illegal to create a gun that would not be detectable by metal detectors which is the concern 3D printing of guns raises the internet is the wild west," said Schimel

21 attorneys general have joined in the lawsuit stating they do not want blueprints for 3D-guns to be released. Attorney General Brad Schimel is not one of them.

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