President Donald Trump voiced his opposition to 3-D printed guns being sold to the public, in a surprise Tuesday morning tweet.
I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
Trump said he had already spoken to the National Rifle Association about the issue and that it did not appear to make much sense. The issue of 3-D printed guns has reached a fever pitch in recent days after a Texas non-profit organization won the right to post the plans for such weapons online for public consumption.
Several states have intervened to ask the Trump administration to federally ban such firearms. The fight over 3-D printed guns stems back to 2013 when the U.S. Department of State banned the Texas non-profit from posting plans for such firearms online because it was in violation of export control trade practices.
The non-profit argued that the ban stifled its freedom of speech and eventually forced the government to back down. The plans will be posted online Aug. 1.