Processing Your Payment

Please do not leave this page until complete. This can take a few moments.

January 23, 2020

AG Tong joins 19 states suing to keep 3D gun printing files off the internet

Photo | Flickr/Mitch Barrie A prototype of a 3D printed gun.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong joined a lawsuit meant to prevent the online publishing of 3D gun manufacturing files.

Tong joins a coalition of 19 other state attorneys general suing the Trump administration, which is currently trying to rewrite rules in order to facilitate the online distribution of files used to produce untraceable guns using 3D printers that don’t set off metal detectors, Tong said.

"Once these plans are widely available, we cannot un-ring this bell,” Tong said. “Proliferation of DIY untraceable weapons—flying under the radar of background checks, red flag orders, and even metal detectors—would be a public safety and national security nightmare.”

The suit stems from a 2015 case in which Defense Distributed -- an organization that advocates for the online publishing of 3D gun files -- sued the Obama administration when the U.S. State Department forced the group to remove the files from the internet, Tong said. 

Defense Distributed lost that case, but the Trump administration is trying to move regulation of the issue to the Department of Commerce, which, Tong said, would likely lead to unlimited distribution of the files.

Gov. Ned Lamont said he supports the lawsuit Tong joined, citing public safety.

“The majority of people in our country want us to close the gaping loopholes that could allow guns to get in the wrong hands,” Lamont said. “Putting an end to the epidemic of gun violence in our nation is not a Democratic or Republican issue, it’s an American issue.”

Sign up for Enews


Order a PDF