Murphy's AG calls 3D-printable guns Trump's 'manufactured crisis' – NJ.com

As the debate over 3D-printable guns hit a fever pitch in July, President Donald Trump weighed in with a single, cryptic tweet.

“I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,” the president wrote on July 31. “Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!”

Nearly two weeks later, authorities from 22 states, including New Jersey, say the Trump administration hasn’t gotten any clearer about where it stands on do-it-yourself firearms.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Friday joined his colleagues in other states calling on the federal government to ban the online distribution of digital files allowing anyone with access to a three-dimensional printer and basic tools to manufacturer guns at home.

Jersey AG wants to keep 3D printable guns off the internet

It’s unclear exactly where the president stands on the issue, but federal officials have said it’s too late to keep such plans off the internet, where they have been publicly available for years for anyone who looked hard enough.

In a letter sent Friday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the attorneys general called the spread of such digital files a “manufactured crisis” sparked when the Trump administration backed down from legal action brought against a Texas gun rights group, Defense Distributed, under President Barack Obama.

That move drew outcry from authorities in states with strict gun control laws and prompted the president to tweet that he was “looking into” the matter.

“Communications from the White House have indicated that the administration is reconsidering the wisdom of its handling of the Defense Distributed case,” the attorneys general wrote in their letter Friday. “However, we have seen no evidence of any change in course to date.”

The officials told Pompeo and Sessions “we have not

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