Judge Blocks Release Of Blueprints For 3D Printed Guns

Nine states are suing the Trump administration to stop 3D-printed guns

President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised concerns about the sale of plastic guns made with 3-D printers, a day after several US states sued his administration to block online publication of designs to make weapons that security screening may not detect.

The White House said Wednesday that the Justice Department did not consult President Donald Trump when officials dropped litigation that would have prevented the posting of instructions on how to make 3D-printed plastic guns, which are illegal to own or assemble.

Update: A federal judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the designs for 3D-printable guns from being posted online.

3D-printed guns are made out of plastic with very few metal parts that are often removable.

"Many antigun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3D-printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms", said Chris Cox, the NRA's executive director for legislative action.

Attorney General Grewal also sued Defense Distributed to block the release after the company's founder, Cody Wilson, filed a lawsuit against him.

The company's website had said downloads would begin Wednesday, but blueprints for at least one gun - a plastic pistol called the Liberator - have been posted on the site since Friday.

Senator Edward Markey of MA, a Democrat, said Trump has boasted that he alone can fix problems afflicting the country.

The Supreme Court has yet to tackle the case, but lower courts previously struck down the freedom of speech argument.

The U.S. State Department agreed to a settlement in June after a five-year legal battle that had forced Wilson to remove the online tutorials, by arguing they violated firearm export laws.

'I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public, ' he said.

MU law professor Royce Barondes, who teaches firearms law, said Lasnik used an administrative statue to block the settlement.

When filing the lawsuit on Monday, AG Ferguson asked the court for an emergency restraining order "to avoid immediate and irreparable harm to the States and the nation".

A four-year legal battle followed between digital weapons publisher Defense Distributed, pro-gun activists the Second Amendment Foundation and the federal government, which concluded with a surprise decision that United States citizens can "access. use and reproduce" the plans.

A U.S. federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms.

"These ghost guns are untraceable, virtually undetectable and, without today's victory, available to any felon, domestic abuser or terrorist". He understands concerns about the guns' ability to be detected, but laws already make it illegal for people to possess undetectable guns.

Remember a few years ago when engineers alerted the general public to the risky implications of the 3D printer? The petition for the temporary restraining order was filed in federal court in Seattle.

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