Judge blocks release of 3D-printed gun plans

Judge blocks release of 3D-printed gun plans

Judge blocks release of 3D-printed gun plans

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle put the plan on hold.

"Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years", Cox said, noting that federal law makes it "unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive an undetectable firearm".

Under the terms of the government's settlement with Defense Distributed, the State Department gave the company the go-ahead to begin publishing the files on Friday. They have never used their 3D printers to make a gun and say they never will.

Gun control advocates say downloadable guns undermine laws that block unsafe people from accessing firearms.

Wilson posted on Twitter that attorneys general from 21 states had filed lawsuits against him. They also sought a restraining order, arguing the 3D guns would be a safety risk.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who led the lawsuit, said those still sharing the blueprints online are breaking federal export laws. A license is required to make guns for sale or distribution. The worry is, that they're unregistered and therefore undetectable.

"What the blue states got here is a court order that will force us to take down files off the internet, says Blackman".


Gun enthusiasts say making firearms at home is a hobby much like building a auto engine, a way to learn about the intricacies and mechanisms of the machine rather than creating something for regular use. "The introduction of 3D technology will change that completely because now people will have the capacity to build guns on their own, which will be totally off the grid". That decision followed a four-year legal battle between the government and Defense Distributed owner Cody Wilson, along with gun-rights activist group The Second Amendment Foundation, over the plans.

The value of free speech outweighs whatever benefits may come from making it a bit harder for people to figure out how to make illegal weapons.

CodeisFreeSpeech.com was removed by Amazon Web Services after receiving a notice on the downloadable plans for "The Liberator" 3D-printed handgun, according to the New York Daily News.

Ferguson's concerns were shared by many political figures and even president Donald Trump had expressed reservations about the logic in making such weapons available to the public.

"I know that a failure to permanently stop downloadable guns will increase the challenges of protecting the security of members of Congress, their staff and visitors to the Capitol", he said in an op-ed for USA Today. One can buy a gun receiver, which is akin to buying a gun and requires a background check, and make it work by adding parts.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Justice Department "made a deal without the president's approval", referring to a settlement reached by the State Department in June.

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