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Cabot Public Library prepared to decline 3D printed gun requests

The debate on 3D printed guns is heating up as blueprints were originally scheduled to be made widely available on Wednesday Aug. 1 (AP Photo)

Some public libraries already have policies in place that would prohibit the creation of 3D printed guns.

The Cabot Public Library's policy states, "No one is permitted to create material that is: Prohibited by local, state, or federal law...is unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others."

Kathleen Ashmore of the Cabot Public Library, praises the advancement of 3D printer technology but recognizes the pros and cons.

Ashmore stressed it's vital to preserve the library as a family friendly environment.

"The 3D printer is in our teen space. It's not safe for our teens. We have infants here, we have seniors, we have teenagers so it's not an appropriate thing to print here. So we stick to fun stuff," Ashmore said.

Ashmore adds that the library has the right to refuse any blueprint for making a 3D printed item.

Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, recently came out victorious in a settlement over a multi-year lawsuit that ordered him to remove 3D printed gun plans posted online in 2012.

But for the time being, the original plan for distributing blueprints on Aug. 1 have been put to a halt.

A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order to block the online publishing of 3D printed gun blueprints.

This action follows a lawsuit filed by eight Democratic attorneys general to block the settlement reached between Defense Distributed and the State Department that allowed the plans to be posted online.

One of the main criticisms deals with a lack of regulations when it comes to 3D printed guns.

Wilson stated in 2012 his goal was to create a 3D printed firearm capable of skirting the law.

President Donald Trump tweeted "I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to the NRA, doesn't seem like much sense!"

The National Rifle Association released a statement saying, “Many anti-gun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3-D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms. Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years. Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA’s support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.”


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