Judge temporarily blocks download of 3D-printed plastic gun plans

Thursday, 02 Aug, 2018

President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised concerns about the sale of plastic guns made with 3-D printers, a day after several USA states sued his administration to block online publication of designs to make weapons that security screening may not detect. Some gun rights groups say the technology is expensive, the guns are unreliable and the threat is being overblown.

In 2013, the State Department stopped the Texas-based company Defense Distributed from publishing gun blueprints, arguing it violated federal export laws because some of them were downloaded outside of the United States.

The suit, filed Monday in Seattle, asks a judge to block the federal government's late-June settlement with Defense Distributed, which allowed the company to make the plans available online. Last month, the State Department reversed itself, and said Defense Distributed could post the designs, starting tomorrow.

Trump said Tuesday that he's "looking into" the idea, saying making 3-D plastic guns available to the public "doesn't seem to make much sense!".

"It is immediately obvious to anyone who looks at this issue that 3D-printed guns are nothing short of a menace to society, and we are thrilled that the court ruled in this manner", stated Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign. "I will waste all my time", Wilson said.

He successfully argued that the US Constitution's Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to private gun ownership, should extend to a person's right to make guns at home - uncontrolled by authorities, since they will bear no serial number.

The company's website said downloads would begin Wednesday, but blueprints for at least one gun - a plastic pistol called the Liberator - have been posted on the site since Friday. "As we argued in our suit, it is insane to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns at the touch of a button", Underwood wrote.

They say the USA government has failed to study the national and state security implications of the decision and violated states' rights to regulate firearms.

They are the cutting edge weapons which would make a mockery of gun control laws and firearms restrictions. The injunction came after the state of Washington led a coalition of eight states to stop the release of the gun design plans.

The states acted to block publication of the blueprints after the Trump administration settled a five-year legal fight by permitting the company to publish its website Defcad.

In a related development late on Tuesday, A U.S. federal judge in Seattle blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. "Doesn't seem to make much sense!". "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".

Concerned Washington leaders say it would allow anyone to create a gun with a 3D printer. The settlement allows Defense Distributed to start posting the blueprints online Wednesday, but as of Sunday, 1,000 people had already downloaded the plans for AR-15-style, semi-automatic assault rifles, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. The company said it had also blocked access to users in New Jersey and Los Angeles.