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Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

31 July 2018

The controversy erupted after Defense Distributed recently settled with the federal government following a lengthy litigation, allowing it to continue its "at home" gun-printing business.

Defense Distributed announced it plans to make 3D gun blueprints - including a single-shot pistol called "The Liberator", an AR-15 lower receiver, and a complete Beretta M9 handgun - available on August 1, after reaching a settlement with the federal government.

"I'm not anxious for me, I'm anxious for the people of Pennsylvania, which is creating bad laws for their citizens", Wilson said Monday. David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Seth Moulton of MA, said they planned to introduce a bill Tuesday that would prohibit 3D printed plastic guns that can not be detected in standard security screens. The 3D plastic weapons would be untraceable and require no background check.

Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., are all joining together to seek a restraining order and an injunction to halt the release of the 3D printable gun files.

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In 2015, Lisa V. Aguirre, who was the director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Management within the State Department, warned the federal court in a 70-page declaration that Defense Distributed's downloadable gun-making schematics would deny the department any opportunity to determine whether the uploaded blueprints would "cause significant harm to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States", considerations ITAR required. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania State Police sued to block the company from distributing its 3-D gun designs in Pennsylvania.

US District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas found that the groups, including the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, lacked legal standing.

In the letter from the city of Los Angeles to Defense Distributed Feuer wrote the publication of the files "would pose a direct and immediate threat to public safety in the City of Los Angeles and cause numerous violations of California and City laws created to protect the public from gun violence".

"We hope that the Trump Administration will take the reasonable step of slowing down the settlement and sharing its reasons for doing a complete 180", she said in a statement to HuffPost.

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States have a little more than 24 hours to file their lawsuits and win a temporary judgment before the blueprints go online. According to its website, "Defense Distributed is a non-profit, private defense firm".

The Trump administration is being sued for allowing plans for 3D-printed guns to be published online.

Defense Distributed did not reply to a request for comment on Monday.

Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania users from its site.

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Eight states suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns