I wrote an op-ed this week for NBC because I’m worried about public safety and believe Congress is our last line of defense.
You may have heard about “ghost guns.” Real firearms that anyone with access to a 3D printer, the correct materials and enough patience for a YouTube tutorial can print from the comfort of their own home.
They’re plastic, so you can’t spot them using metal detectors.
They don’t have serial numbers, so they’re untraceable.
There are no background checks, so anyone can make one.
A Texas-based nonprofit called “Defense Distributed” is working to make blueprints for printable guns, including assault rifles, readily available for download. The State Department recently settled with Defense Distributed, paving the way for these plans to go live this month.
The decision was reckless. Now we need our elected leaders to step in to implement common-sense solutions surrounding 3D-printed guns.
As I’ve been running for Congress, I’ve been on the road speaking with constituents face to face. These conversations have taught me overwhelmingly clear lessons on the issue of gun safety. National polls back it up:
- Three-quarters of Americans think there is an opportunity to make our prevention laws safer.
- 72 percent of Americans support banning assault weapons.
- 94 percent of Americans support strengthening current background check laws.
We need mandatory background checks for all gun buyers, including online, at gun shows, and for all 3D-printed guns.
We need to prevent all convicted domestic abusers from buying guns or printing them, and close the so-called “boyfriend loophole.”
We need Congress to act quickly to keep 3D printed guns out of our communities. Share the full article on Facebook, and start the tough conversations with your loved ones about gun safety.
These are just some of the common-sense reforms needed to address the gun violence epidemic in America. Sadly, common sense, like firearm regulation, is in short supply in Washington, D.C.