Nine states are suing the Trump administration to stop 3D-printed guns

Friday, 03 Aug, 2018

Lasnik for the Western District of Washington yesterday issued a nationwide Temporary Restraining Order blocking Defense Distributed from posting online the downloadable blueprints for producing 3D-printed guns.

A USA gun rights advocate began gearing up for a legal fight Wednesday to be able to publish online blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, as the White House signaled support for a federal judge's decision to block the venture.

Trump spokesman Hogan Gidley made much the same point, saying the administration supports the law against wholly plastic guns, including those made with a 3-D printer.

"Codes that at a click of a button would have enabled anyone, including terrorists, including criminals, including domestic abusers, including juveniles to print guns using a 3D printer", he said.

The lawsuit against the Trump administration was filed in Seattle, Washington, by the state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The website was shut down by Wednesday, but blueprints that had been posted online before the court order had already been downloaded thousands of times. Models for the AR-15, the second-most popular firearm, had been downloaded more than 3,000 times. But the real issue in the legal case is whether or not shutting down the site would be a violation of Wilson's First Amendment right to free speech.

But gun rights advocates, like Ben Hertel, who manages Rocklin Armory, disagree.

Markey, Blumenthal and other Democrats filed legislation that would prohibit the publication of a digital file online that allows a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm.

President Donald Trump said that he is looking into the situation.

"Many antigun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms", said Chris Cox, the NRA's executive director for legislative action.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was concerned that distribution of the blueprints could allow terrorists and worldwide criminal organizations to manufacture guns that can't be detected. As a former federal prosecutor, I know untraceable and unregulated 3D-printed guns present a real danger to the residents of Seattle.

Defence Distributed agreed to temporarily block Pennsylvania residents from downloading the plans after state officials went to Federal Court in Philadelphia on Sunday in search of an emergency order.

CNN reported Wilson said he had suspended downloads of the 3D-printer gun "until he reviews the order".

Separately, attorneys general in 21 states urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday to withdraw from the settlement with Defense Distributed, saying it "creates an imminent risk to public safety". "Right now, we need an injunction, and we need it today".