The US Justice Department will prosecute to the fullest extent those who violate laws that prohibit the manufacturing or possession of undetectable plastic firearms, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press release.
“We will not stand for the evasion, especially the flouting, of current law and will take action to ensure that individuals who violate the law by making plastic firearms and rendering them undetectable, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” Sessions said on Thursday.
Sessions said undetectable plastic weapons present a significant risk to public safety and under current federal law the manufacturing or possession of such firearms is punishable by up to five years in prison. Earlier in the day, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson criticized President Donald Trump for continuing to take steps to make 3D printed guns widely available despite public remarks to the contrary.
The Trump administration on Wednesday filed a legal brief opposing a court ruling that has temporarily blocked the publication of instructions on how to make 3D printed guns.