After an unusual about-face in a long-running court case, it is now legal to post and share blueprints and instructions to build plastic guns at home with commercially-available 3D printers.
These weapons can be undetectable by metal detectors and do not require serial numbers, making them practically impossible to trace back to an owner or manufacturer.
When Cody Wilson, founder of a website called Defense Distributed, posted the blueprints for a simple pistol he called “the Liberator” in 2013, the State Department promptly informed him he was in violation of gun trafficking laws and ordered him to take down the web page.
Wilson complied but later sued the State Department on first amendment grounds, basically saying he had the right to print whatever he wanted on his website.
Since the case started, the government has won every court decision regarding the issue. That is why gun control advocates were shocked when the Justice Department announced they reached a settlement in the case, allowing Wilson to publish his blueprints and receive $40,000 for his court costs to boot.
No one seems to know what happened to make the government settle, other than a change in the administration. Jeff Sessions is now the Attorney General in Donald Trump’s Republican White House.
Interestingly, Trump tweeted a message indicating he might not be on board with the decision that makes the 3D weapon’s blueprints available.
“I am looking into 3D plastic guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA. Doesn’t make much sense.” Tweeted the president.
The settlement only allows the plans to be published and distributed. It did not legalize the manufacture or distribution of the guns. However, with a commercially-available 3D printer and supplies, anyone can build one in the privacy of their home undetected by authorities.
Are the Weapons effective?
Wilson’s original post showed how to make a simple pistol. It looks like it could only fire one bullet before needing to be reloaded.
However, since the government’s decision, blueprints for semi-automatic pistols and rifles have been added to the site.
The original design used a metal firing pin that made the gun detectable. This made the gun legal under existing laws against “ghost guns”. The guns use real bullets.
The safety to the shooter depends on the type of plastic used. One gun was printed and fired successfully eight times by federal officials. Another type of plastic resulted in the gun disintegrating into multiple shards when fired.
Part of the government’s rationale for settling the case was that the weapons are not likely to be used for military purposes and are as safe or safer than other available weapons. It is unclear if Wilson’s automatic weapon blueprints were discussed or considered.
Detractors point out that the weapons will eventually be improved enough to use in serious incidents. As 3D printers improve, they are expected to allow metal and stronger plastics to be used.
Who’s fighting it?
Attorneys general from 21 states sent a letter to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, asking them to immediately reconsider and pull out of the settlement.
At least nine states are suing the State Department. Wilson tweeted that he was being sued by “at least” 21 states.
Two states, New York and New Jersey, as well as the City of Los Angeles, are trying to legislate a ban on the weapons and distribution of plans at local levels.
Gun advocacy groups, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Gifford, and Every Town for Gun Safety, lost an emergency bid to block the settlement the day it was announced.
Thousands of people have already downloaded the plans even before Wilson’s announced “official” reposting date of August 1. They can continue to do so while the suits and legislation process continue.
NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens vs Titans
NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens (3-2) at Titans (3-2)
Their records indicate an even matchup, but when the Titans face the Ravens Sunday, they will have the advantage of being a team without a definitive identity playing a squad with a proven game plan.
Tennessee put themselves on top of the AFC South with creativity, as much as skill. They’ve survived an overtime thriller and a defensive slog. But, they lost an opening day shootout and come off a bitter last-second loss in another defensive gem.
What kind of team are the Titans? They are a running team that is not running well. They have a franchise quarterback who can’t carry them. Scrappy is the term that comes to mind when we see the manner in which they play. Never out of it, but never quite in control, either.
Meanwhile, Baltimore tries to exert authority behind a powerful defense and a veteran offense. Sometimes it works… and sometimes they lose a field goal battle to the Browns like they did in Week 5.
Both teams will try to rebound from unexpected losses to boost their 2018 playoff aspirations. But can the Baltimore defense keep the scrappy Titans under control? Can the scrappy Titans defense give Joe Flacco and company another week of disappointment?
Injuries and roster moves
Baltimore has three cornerbacks among five defensive players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Brandon Carr missed practice Wednesday and appears to be at risk for the game against the Titans.
Tennesse has a similar issue at linebacker. Wesley Woodyard, Robert Spillane, and Will Compton are all listed as questionable.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro is already ruled out for Week 6.
Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is questionable with a foot injury.
The Ravens 3-2 start has lessened discussions about John Harbaugh’s future after his 11th season in charge. Harbaugh followed up five straight years of playoff appearances with a Super Bowl Championship in 2012, but that was six years and only two winning records ago.
With long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome already announcing his retirement at the end of this season and a quarterback change imminent, Harbaugh’s departure would make a new regime truly complete.
Mike Vrabel’s first coaching experience hasn’t been easy, but he is getting the most out of a flawed team. Already, he’s adeptly worked around injuries to his quarterback and lead rusher, as well as a malcontent in the receiving corps to keep his team’s playoff aspirations in play.
How to watch the Ravens-Titans game
CBS will provide this late-game broadcast to fans in and around Tennessee and the greater Baltimore area. Many fans will watch the CBS Sports broadcast on Sling TV without the need for expensive cable or satellite providers.
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Who will win the Ravens-Titans game?
Baltimore is hoping division rival Pittsburgh the best this week as a Steelers victory could let the Ravens pull into a first-place tie with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFC North if Baltimore can take care of the Titans.
Tennessee owns the AFC South tiebreaker with 3-2 Jacksonville, with another head-to-head battle still pending. They need a win to hold onto first place in the meantime.
The home fans in Nashville are anxious to see their Titans crack the tough Baltimore defense, but the odds seem to favor Baltimore holding serve.
Final score: Baltimore 17, Titans 12
NFL Week 5: Falcons vs Steelers Game Preview
Pittsburgh has their first game out of the national spotlight in three weeks, facing the Falcons at home in the early set Sunday.
Baltimore shut down the Steelers for the most part last week, allowing 14 points in a short stretch of the first half, before clamping down in their 26-14 victory.
Pittsburgh doesn’t anticipate a repeat performance against a Falcons defense that just gave up 80 points over two weeks to the Saints and Bengals.
Atlanta lost both of those games despite scoring 74 points of their own. Their defense is struggling after the loss of three starters since opening day. They could not make late-game stops that could have provided a win in either of the two contests.
Ben Roethlisberger has to be anxious to put last week’s struggles behind him against the Falcons secondary. Pittsburgh’s diminished running attack in the absence of Le’Veon Bell shouldn’t matter much in this game.
Matt Ryan undoubtedly looks forward to facing the Steelers secondary, too. Atlanta’s passing game has new life with the addition of rookie Calvin Ridley. Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones find themselves more open. Even tight end Austin Hooper is seeing a few passes.
Running back Devonta Freeman will also return to the Falcons lineup after missing a few weeks with a knee injury. Freeman and Tevin Coleman are no liability in the pass game, either.
This could come down to which front line can put the most pressure on the opposing passer. Neither team can hold coverage very long in a normal game, but with the plethora of passing targets on the field, the defensive secondaries could be exhausted by halftime.
If you like offense, this could be a fun game to watch.
How to watch the Steelers vs Falcons game:
Fox Sports will produce this early game and broadcast it in much of the Southeast and up into the Pittsburgh market for cable and satellite television viewers.
Millions of savvy NFL fans will follow the live stream of Pittsburgh-Atlanta on Sling TV or DirecTV Now. Fubo TV also offers live stream NFL action in most US markets.
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Check out the providers’ websites to see what they offer in your neighborhood.
Who will win the Steelers vs Falcons game?
Atlanta is desperate for a win after their two consecutive heartbreakers left them 1-3 and at the bottom of the NFC South standings. They face division rival Tampa Bay next week before the Giants send them on their bye.
Pittsburgh already has a loss and a tie in their division and don’t the 3-1 Bengals or Ravens to extend their lead. With rumors of a Le’Veon bell return coming soon, they want to stay close enough for it to matter.
Atlanta’s passing attack was ramped up when Freeman was injured. How the Falcon offense approaches this game could make a difference. With the problem their defense has stopping the ball, we expect them to keep the pedal down and chase points.
Roethlisberger is at home, which means the “good” Ben should show up. There is a little concern about the beating he took the past two weeks and the letdown of a “normal” game.
But that will prove to be unfounded. Pittsburgh’s defense will come through one more time than the Falcons’. But it will be fun. Final score: Steelers 44, Falcons 38
Watch Joshua vs Povetkin live stream – What TV channel will it be online UK
Anthony Joshua “one of the big fighter of all time” continues his defense of three heavyweight belts when he faces Alexander Povetkin at Wembley tonight. Watch Povetkin vs Joshua live stream Wembley tonight on sky sports Box Office. Joshua is the most famous fighter of the current time, especially in young fans. he is the IBF, WBA and IBO title holder but he is now only 21-0 . last time he did defeat Joseph Parker Joseph Parker in Cardiff last March.
joshua Povetkin fight will be more then just a fight but all eyes will be on this bout because it’s a huge rumorous if Joshua wins today he will fight next with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury among the names mentioned.
What TV channel will it be on?
The fight Joshua vs Povetkin is being shown on Sky Box Office in the UK, which is on channel 491 for standard definition and channel 492 for high definition.
How much will it cost to watch Joshua vs Povetkin?
joshua vs Povetkin will be £19.95, with a £5 increase for telephone bookings made tomorrow, on the day of the fight.
How to watch the fight in the UK?
For those with Sky:
Subscribers can purchase the fight online here, through their box or online the telephone – 03442 410 888. If you’re calling from the Republic of Ireland, it’s: 0818 220 225.
How can I live stream the fight?
With Sky Sports Box Office you can watch the fights live via your PC/Desktop/MAC, NOW TV box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.
It’s simple to sign up, pay and watch – create an account and pay at www.skysports.com/boxofficelive.