States Are Suing the Federal Government for Allowing 3D-Printed Gun Plans

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As a result, the state attorneys are also suing the Trump administration for making the settlement with Wilson. Ferguson's lawsuit was joined by attorney generals in eight other states including New York, Oregon and the District of Columbia. They argue that these blueprints would allow criminals easy, unfettered access to firearms.

Pennsylvanians will not be able to download plans to make 3-D printable guns.

A series of mass shootings in the United States has brought a long-simmering debate over the country's gun laws to the fore, with Democrat lawmakers increasingly calling for greater restrictions.

Defense Distributed filed its own suit in Texas on Sunday, asserting that it's the victim of an "ideologically-fueled program of intimidation and harassment" that violates its First Amendment rights. In an email, Wilson said he had uploaded the plans to its website on July 27 and that they were already available to download. He declined to comment further.

The lawsuit was settled in June with the Trump administration, despite opposition from gun-control organizations such as the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Wilson was given permission to make his creations available publicly again.

"Our Congress has carefully crafted laws to protect us and, in one moment, without any consultation with experts, the administration undoes it", he said.

The US State Department had previously banned the blueprints as a national security risk and a violation of arms trafficking regulations. He said the settlement also violated states' rights to regulate firearms.

Lost on Handler, Moore, and Milano is the fact that 3-D printed guns have been around for years. 3D printed guns are untraceable and require no background checks; you're basically manufacturing the firearm yourself. But due to the pending legal battle, Wilson has made a decision to abide by the cease-and-desist orders, and will not make DEFCAD available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Los Angeles. The U.S. State Department quickly ordered Wilson to remove his plans, arguing that they violated worldwide arms treaties because the plans were in effect distributing weapons across the world.

Grewal responded Monday with news that New Jersey would file a lawsuit against Defense Distributed.

Gun control groups on Friday failed to convince a federal judge to intervene before the designs were expected to go online.

Wilson said his site was IP blocked in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, meaning visitors with IP addresses in those places can't easily reach it.

Ferguson described the Trump administration's actions as illegally "throwing the game", because they were already winning the lawsuit and did not follow the proper protocol in settling the case.

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