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When Reagan signed the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, plastic guns were theoretical, Democrat Steve Israel writes. When Congress renewed it in 2013, plastic guns could be downloaded and produced using a 3-D printer. The NRA blocked any modernization—such as requiring a detectable metal component—and the law remains as it was written back in the ’80s.

Last month the Trump administration settled a lawsuit with nonprofit Defense Distributed—advocates for “constitutional free-speech right to share computer codes to produce guns”—sending a disturbing message. The nonprofit plans to post codes for undetectable weapons next month when “the age of the downloadable gun formally begins.”

New York Times (Opinion)

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