Earlier this week, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) led the fight to block an anti-gun and anti-free speech law targeting 3-D printed plastic guns. The law would prevent 3-D gun blueprints from being posted online by making it a crime to do so.
While most politicians, seemingly with the blessing of the National Rifle Association, were ready to allow the bill to go into law, Sens. Lee and Paul refused to back down.
When Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) attempted to pass the bill with unanimous consent, Lee objected, citing the fact that he hadn’t even had a chance to read the bill, while the first few words of it brought up red flags for him.
“It begins with the words, ‘It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally publish … ‘ That ought to be concerning to us, to each and everyone one of us, Democrats and Republicans alike. On that basis, I object,” Lee stated on the Senate floor.
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Speaking with Capital Hill insiders, Big League Politics has learned that the pro-gun move was orchestrated by both Paul and Lee, who are two of the most pro-gun voices in Washington D.C.
Big League Politics spoke exclusively with Dudley Brown, the President of the National Association for Gun Rights, whose group was the only visible opposition to the bill.
“NAGR was the only national gun rights group to work to defeat this sneak attack on the Second Amendment,” Brown stated. ” It’s no surprise that the two most pro-gun Senators, Sens. Lee and Paul (both NAGR Members) were the opposition to this gun grab.”
Brown also spoke about the NRA, who have done nothing to fight this piece of gun control legislation, by stating that “they put out a statement claiming credit for a long-standing gun ban that Nelson’s legislation would augment.”
The statement that Brown is referring to was from NRA’s Executive Director, Chris Cox, which takes credit for a bill banning untraceable firearms. In the statement the NRA refused to decry the attempt to enact an anti-gun, and anti-free speech measure.
If passed, the bill being pushed by Sen. Nelson would punish anybody who chooses to publish what is essentially a file made up of code.
The company that started the uproar, Defcad, has been forced to remove the 3-D gun files from their website after receiving an order from a federal judge in Washington.
In response, free speech and gun rights advocates have been publishing the 3-D gun files on web pages which have been continually removed online. If somebody wanted to find the files, they could be easily found, and no law would change that.