Judge blocks release of 3D-printed gun plans

Lester Mason
August 1, 2018

The order blocks a settlement with the government made in June to make the plans for guns available for download. "He granted that relief", Ferguson said at a news conference after the hearing.

- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said the Tar Heel State is not among the states that have filed suit against the Trump Administration in an effort to stop the publication of the instructions for 3D-printed guns, but his office says he is looking into the issue.

Meanwhile, Defense Distributed agreed to block temporarily Pennsylvania residents from downloading the plans after state officials went to federal court in Philadelphia on Sunday (Monday NZT) seeking an emergency order.

Congressional Democrats have urged President Donald Trump to reverse the decision to let Defense Distributed publish the plans. He says 3D-printed guns present a real and present danger because they're both unregulated and untraceable.

Trump was referring to the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby that has become an integral part of the Republican political machine.

The second measure is meant to ensure that even guns primarily made of plastic can be discovered by metal detectors. "Doesn't seem to make much sense!". Last month, the State Department reversed itself, and said Defense Distributed could post the designs, starting tomorrow.

Wilson's company, Defense Distributed in Texas, planned to publish the digital blueprints for people to make their own firearms, including an AR-15 style rifle. In addition, their lawsuit asks for a nationwide temporary restraining order that'll prevent Wilson's nonprofit from uploading the gun design files online.

Since the weapons "did not create a military advantage", he told Lasnik, "how could the government justify regulating the data?"

They say they are "ghost guns" that would be untraceable with no serial numbers and no background checks.

"These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health, or criminal history", said Bob Ferguson, the state's attorney general, in his statement about the lawsuit, which is being jointly filed by eight other states.

Wilson said in an online video that the blueprints were downloaded more than 400,000 times before they were taken down in 2013.


The president seemed to express surprise.

President Trump has also voiced concern via his Twitter account.

Cody and the Second Amendment Foundation sued the State Department in 2015, arguing that the forced removal violated his right to bear arms and his First Amendment free speech rights.

Kenneth Schwartz reported this story for VOA News. "Under federal law it would be illegal to build a gun that's undetectable", he said.

These are the 3D-printed gun plans now available on Defcad.com, and their current download counts as of July 31. "Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA's support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm".

"There needs to be provisions", he said.

"These unsafe files would allow anyone - including terrorists, domestic abusers, felons, fugitives, and juveniles - to print untraceable assault weapons using a 3D printer from the comfort of their own homes", said Attorney General Grewal. Democrats have filed a separate bill to require that all guns have at least one significant component made of metal.

Thousands of people have already downloaded plans for the 3D printed guns, according to a Tuesday BBC report.

Some experts have sought to downplay the fears of 3D-printed weapons, emphasizing that 3D printers are expensive and weapons produced in them quickly disintegrate if used.

"There are some that are commercially available that are much cheaper".

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