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Pallone Announce Introduction of 3-D Firearms Prohibition Act with Local Law Enforcement and Gun Safety Advocates

November 2, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today in New Brunswick, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., joined New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill, law enforcement and gun safety advocates to announce new legislation in Congress to prevent the manufacturing of 3-D firearms. The bill would prohibit the sale, manufacturing, import or marketing of incomplete firearm FRAMES, as well as certain gun parts kits. It would require any individual seeking to build a homemade firearm to first undergo a thorough background check, register the firearm and be given a serial number by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Earlier this year, an agreement was announced between the State Department and Texas-based Defense Distributed in mid-July that would have allowed the organization to release blueprints for 3-D guns online starting August 1st. Defense Distributed's website features the Liberator pistol along with an AR-15 and OTHER VARIETIES OF assault rifle. These weapons of war have been used in mass shootings like the one that took place in Parkland, Florida.

Congressman Pallone has consistently and strongly supported a number of gun violence prevention measures. This includes legislation that would: create universal background checks and bring gun show sales and online purchases under the system; provide funds to the CDC to conduct gun violence research; and prevent the sale of any aftermarket add-ons that can transform a firearm into a weapon of war.

“Given the gun violence epidemic plaguing our communities, the last thing our country needs is an unregulated and untraceable source of lethal firearms,” said Pallone. “We need sensible solutions to reduce gun violence, not AR-15s available at the stroke of a fingertip. I cannot allow the Trump administration to endanger more of our children by appeasing the gun lobby and allowing unfettered access to weapons of war that are impossible for our law enforcement to track.”

The bill’s provisions include:

  • The prohibition of the sale, manufacture, import or marketing of incomplete firearm receiver frames, as well as certain gun parts kits.
  • The prohibition of the marketing or advertising of such castings or blanks on any medium of electronic communication. These products would be considered banned hazardous products under the Consumer Product Safety Act and subject to enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Changes to the language of current federal firearms regulations to mandate that all home built firearms have a permanent unique serial number from a licensed dealer and are reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives so that they can be traced if recovered by law enforcement. Currently, ATF recommends that home-builders apply a serial number on DIY guns, but does not require one and has no reporting mandate for such guns.
  • The requirement that any individual looking to build a DIY firearm to first undergo a background check proving they are legally allowed to own a firearm. Any homemade firearm or part of a homemade firearm found by law enforcement that is not serialized and registered will be treated as an unlawful possession.