Our view: Stop posting of plans for printable guns online

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., display a photo of a plastic gun on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to reverse an administration decision to allow a Texas company to make blueprints for a 3D-printed gun available online. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly) -

The Second Amendment guarantees your right to own a gun.

It doesn’t guarantee anyone a right to manufacture their own untraceable, undetectable firearm.

At least we believe it shouldn’t.

But thanks to modern technology that’s exactly what anyone with the money for a 3D printer and a little ingenuity can do.

And a Texas company wants to make it much easier.

Defense Distributed was set to start posting the downloadable blue prints that users could have easily turned into functioning guns with a 3D printer. The company was set to make the plans available on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro moved quickly to block the move in Pennsylvania, and the company agreed to make the site inaccessible to computer users in the state earlier this week, according to a staff writer Bill O’Boyle’s story.

And, fortunately, a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of the plans, according to an Associated Press story.

All this was necessary because the Justice Department dropped litigation that would have prevented Defense Distributed from posting the plans.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Justice Department “made a deal without the president’s approval,” according to the AP.

President Donald Trump has now tweeted that he will “look into” the situation and has already spoken to the National Rifle Association about the issue.

We aren’t sure what the president had to speak to anyone about when it comes to people being able to make their own undetectable guns.

Yes, we know that their are easier ways for criminals to get firearms and that the plastic guns tend to disintegrate quickly.

But how anyone could think the ability for someone to print an undetectable gun is a good idea is beyond us.

What we need is our leaders in Washington to do is make sure Defense Distributed’s efforts – or anyone else’s who embarks on such a foolhardy mission – never come to fruition.

Certainly allowing the company to move forward to its plan can’t make for a safer world for any of us.

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., display a photo of a plastic gun on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to reverse an administration decision to allow a Texas company to make blueprints for a 3D-printed gun available online. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly)
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_120959753-65190c14bbe04a1abe94e61e5d5948bd.jpgSen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., display a photo of a plastic gun on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to reverse an administration decision to allow a Texas company to make blueprints for a 3D-printed gun available online. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly)