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8 states sue Trump administration over 3D-printed gun instructions

03 August 2018

A USA judge on Tuesday blocked the planned release of 3-D printed gun blueprints hours before they were set to hit the internet, siding with states that sued to halt publication of designs to make weapons that security screening may not detect.

This comes after US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) that he was consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik granted the order, which at least temporarily prevents the re-posting of the plans.

Gun-control advocates said the files would enable individuals to avoid background checks by using 3-D printers to make guns at home.

Cuomo said he will pursue legislation to bolster the state's gun safety laws and outlaw private production of all 3D and so-called "ghost guns" that are untraceable and invisible to metal detectors. A multi-state lawsuit sought to issue a restraining order and an injunction to block Defense Distributed from publishing the 3D designs.

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Officials say that 1,000 people have already downloaded the directions for plastic guns.

Josh Blackman, a lawyer representing the company behind the 3D-printed gun, said Wednesday that Defense Distributed may appeal the restraining order.

Shkop said 3D printing is part of the future of gun manufacturing. The technology has quickly grown, too, with 3D blueprints for guns now making all the headlines.

Wilson, a law school dropout who has taken up the cause of allowing unfettered information online without government interference, contends that the US Constitution's Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms, should extend to a person's right to make their own guns.

The U.S. State Department agreed to a settlement in June after a five-year legal battle that had forced Wilson to remove the online tutorials, by arguing they violated firearm export laws. "And not just any firearms, untraceable firearm", Menendez said.

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Throughout the day several Democratic lawmakers criticized President Trump and the administration for capitulating to Wilson, despite previous legal victories. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense".

Eights states have sued to block the settlement, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons that fire real bullets threaten public safety.

I am thankful and relieved Judge Lasnik put a nationwide stop to the Trump Administration's risky decision to allow downloadable, 3D-printed ghost guns to be distributed online.

Lasnik explained the ruling by saying that there was a "possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made", noting that they are not traceable.

On Tuesday, Judge Lasnik wrote in his seven-page ruling that if an injunction isn't issued, "the proliferation of these firearms will have numerous negative impacts on a state level that the federal government once feared on the global stage".

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8 states sue Trump administration over 3D-printed gun instructions