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Federal judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns

US states make last-minute legal bid to halt 3-D online guns Judge blocks release of 3-D printable guns; what's at stake in the debate over homemade firearms
Leonard Rios | 03 August, 2018, 00:22

While the 3D-printed gun models Defense Distributed is seeking to share all appear to contain at least some metal components, gun safety groups and some members of Congress have argued that the large-scale dissemination of the blueprints would make it easier for people to produce undetectable firearms.

3D guns are firearms assembled from ABS plastic parts - the same material found in Legos - that can be made with a 3D printer.

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

On Monday, eight states filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block the settlement.

The states sought a restraining order and an injunction to block the gun info from being posted on the internet. It settled with Wilson on June 29, agreeing to pay $40,000 in legal fees and exempting the company from the regulations, allowing it to post the blueprints online. "Making your own guns has been a case all along".

In a statement, Mr Ferguson said: "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".

Trump had tweeted earlier that he was looking into the issue, adding, "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!".

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During the hearing in Seattle, Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department, said they reached the settlement to allow the company to post the material online because the regulations were created to restrict weapons that could be used in war, and the online guns were no different from the weapons that could be bought in a store. The Defense Distributed website would have allowed people to download plans for building a variety of 3D guns, including an AR-15-style rifle, a Beretta M9 handgun and other firearms.

Backers of 3D printing say any American has had the right to download the files, and they pointed to Wednesday's proliferation of sites as evidence that the genie is out of the bottle.

Throughout the day several Democratic lawmakers criticized President Trump and the administration for capitulating to Wilson, despite previous legal victories.

Scary, scary stuff. And it's being echoed by President Donald Trump and the NRA, two groups whose support for the First and Second Amendments come with lots of qualifiers. But that doesn't ease the concerns of those who think 3D printed guns are a bad idea.

A federal judge in Seattle has blocked the online distribution of blueprints for 3D guns.

Combs said the allure of making guns at home becomes stronger when stricter gun laws are enacted.

Senator Edward Markey of MA, a Democrat, said Trump has boasted that he alone can fix problems afflicting the country. "While the technology is evolving, we are going to be watching closely" said John Ham with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

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