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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 17, 2019 12:32 PM
From: Representative Stephen McCarter and Rep. P. Michael Sturla
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting Undetectable Firearms

Recent efforts by pro-gun organizations to develop and release plans for the manufacturing of untraceable, 3D-printed firearms have changed how gun laws are enforced. With these plans becoming more accessible across the U.S., law enforcement is faced with the proliferation of untraceable firearms of the streets and in our communities. Unlike traditional firearms, 3D-printed firearms are completely undetectable by traditional security measures. In addition to being undetectable, they are being printed without serial numbers, making them near impossible to trace. As the result of last year’s federal settlement, blueprints have been made available online in a majority of U.S. states, granting anyone with access to 3D printer detailed instructions to print their own firearms.

Under current federal law, these types of devices should be illegal. However, it is unclear if President Trump’s Justice Department will be willing to defend its citizens against 3D-printed firearms. As such, it falls on members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to take action and protect Pennsylvanians from the danger these firearms pose to public safety.

My legislation would ban the manufacturing, sale and possession of undetectable firearms, including 3D-printed firearms. I ask that you join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to give our Commonwealth’s law enforcement officials the tools they need to protect our residents from untraceable and undetectable firearms.

Introduced as HB700