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Everytown for Gun Safety Criticizes State Department for Allowing Publication of Blueprints for Downloadable, Untraceable Guns

Downloadable Guns Will Enable Anyone, Including Terrorists, Convicted Felons and Domestic Abusers, to Download Schematics Online and Create Their Own Untraceable Guns

After the Close of Business, the State Department Modifies Munitions List, Effectively Allowing A Single Company to Move Forward with Publication of Gun Blueprints

WASHINGTON – After the close of business, the State Department modified the United States Munitions List to allow a single company to move forward with publication of blueprints for downloadable, untraceable guns. Once this company publishes its blueprints, anyone with an internet connection – including felons, terrorists and domestic abusers – will have easy access to blueprints that enable 3D printing of untraceable guns. This week, law enforcement officials, military veterans and leading gun safety groups all urged the State Department to protect public safety by blocking the publication of these blueprints.

STATEMENT FROM NICK SUPLINA, MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR LAW AND POLICY AT EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:

“The State Department has made a dangerous and baffling mistake. For years, the State Department worked to prevent these deadly designs from going public, and it’s difficult to fathom why it suddenly reversed course on an issue with such clear consequences for public safety. Allowing unfettered access to these designs will enable felons, terrorists and domestic abusers to create guns with ease and put public safety at risk.”