Allowing anyone to freely 3D-print their own gun would make the US a less safe place, believes Paul Benzone of Record Online. These deadly weapons are currently available to criminals, terrorists, drug cartels and domestic abusers. 3D-printed guns are untraceable, which would make linking them to a crime scene much harder than with regular firearms. This would facilitate more gun violence and make it harder for law enforcement to catch murderers. The State Department was wrong to allow anyone to download the plans for such guns, which can then be ‘printed’ at home. It violates our necessary firearm laws.
America’s core values, built on the First and Second Amendments, mean that printing 3D guns must remain legal, suggests Tim Worstall of The Washington Examiner. Any new kinds of laws that make it illegal to share the required designs online would set a precedent that inherently obstructs these essential rights. While the result may be be misuse of these weapons, America has long prioritized individual liberties over excessive laws. Freedom of speech gives much hate a platform. US gun rights are hotly opposed by many. Still, these are the sacrifices that unfortunately need to be made in order to guarantee liberty.