Titus calls on Laxalt to oppose Trump 3D guns policy

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Several states are suing to stop the Trump administration’s decision to allow a company to publish downloadable blueprints for 3D guns. Nevada is not one of them.

Hoping that will change, Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, fired off a letter to Republican gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Adam Laxalt Monday calling on him get on board.

Titus wrote that “once the blueprints are online, they can be saved and redistributed by any user in perpetuity.” The Trump policy “will enable anyone with a laptop and a 3D printing system to acquire a firearm without assistance from a federally-licensed dealer and the prerequisite criminal background check. For the safety of Nevadans, I urge you to use your authority to file an immediate injunction,” Titus wrote.

“As Las Vegas in particular is an important transportation hub and international entertainment zone which attracts millions of patrons each year, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, both domestic and foreign, must be a priority,” Titus added in her letter to Laxalt.

Titus is a close ally of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak, who has “pledged to take on the NRA” and blasted Laxalt over gun reforms, especially the attorney general’s failure to work with the FBI to enforce an initiative approved by voters in 2016 to expand background checks on gun sales.

Laxalt’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing and reporting about Nevada policy and politics since 1997. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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