Courts in three states block release of 3D-printed gun blueprints

Courts in three states block release of 3D-printed gun blueprints

Courts in three states block release of 3D-printed gun blueprints

Blueprints for 3D-printed guns, published online four days early amid last-minute attempts to ban them, have been downloaded thousands of times.

"In a major victory for common sense and public safety, a federal judge just granted our request for a nationwide temporary restraining order - blocking the Trump administration from allowing the distribution of materials to easily 3-D print guns", New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement.

Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the U.S. government last month that allowed it to post 3-D-printable gun plans online starting August 1, 2018.

Meanwhile, Defense Distributed agreed to temporarily block Pennsylvania residents from downloading the plans after state officials went to federal court in Philadelphia on Sunday seeking an emergency order. When the case was finally settled in June, the agency said the decision was made in the interests of the security and foreign policy of the United States and in consultation with the Justice Department.

Before the ruling, President Trump sent a tweet saying, "I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public".

Critics say it open up a Pandora's box of what they call ghost guns.

On the group's Web site, downloads are now available for a plastic handgun called the Liberator, as well as part of an AR-15, and a Beretta M-9 handgun.

"This is where we are taking gun rights in the future, in the future all guns will be made by 3D printers, all cars will be made by 3D printers", said Alan Gottlieb with the Second Amendment Foundation.

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U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said the untraceable weapons - which bear no serial numbers and can be printed from directions downloaded from the Internet - could end up in the wrong hands, The Associated Press reported.

Khan argues that because 3D printed firearms are untraceable, he says lawmakers must step up.

The lawsuit against the Trump administration was filed in Seattle, Washington, by the state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!' the president tweeted. A federal law passed in 1988 - crafted with NRA support - bars the manufacture, sale or possession of an undetectable firearm.

In a recent interview with Fox News, Defense Distributed director Cody Wilson described current 3D-printed guns as "mostly curiosities", and said that the "big" and "bulky" characteristics of the weapons would help identify them.

The 3D-printed guns files are slated to be uploaded on this Wednesday.

The firm reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the instructions.

Concerned Washington leaders say it would allow anyone to create a gun with a 3D printer.

A Texas company planned to publish gun blueprints for 3D printers after recently being granted permission by the State Department, following a five-year legal battle. The company said it has also blocked access to users in New Jersey and Los Angeles.

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