Gov. Cuomo announces actions to block release of 3D gun plans


FILE – In this May 10, 2013, file photo, Cody Wilson holds what he calls a Liberator pistol that was completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas. Eight states filed suit Monday, July 30, 2018, against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints […]

The New York Governor’s Office announced a number of actions to prevent the distribution of 3D gun plans that allow individuals to create functioning and untraceable firearms. 

Gov. Cuomo issued a cease and desist letter to Defense Distributed to block the release of the plans.

New York State Police will issue a notice to remind New Yorkers that manufacturing assault weapons, including with 3D printers, is illegal in New York under the NY SAFE Act.

Gov. Cuomo also plans to pursue legislation to bolster the state’s gun safety laws and ban the private production of all 3D guns.

In 2013, Defense Distributed first published downloadable designs for 3D-printed firearms. The Associated Press says it was downloaded 100,000 times until the State Department ordered him to cease. 

In late June, the State Department settled its case against the owner of Defense Distributed Cody Wilson and agreed to allow him to post the designs at the end of July. 

Wilson says he will start back up on August 1.

On Tuesday, President Trump says he is looking into 3D-printed guns.

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