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

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

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

US District Judge Robert Lasnik granted plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order blocking release of digital plans, and scheduled hearing for August 10. "There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made", he said. Oregon's attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, called releasing the plans online an utter disregard for public safety.

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"We go back to the status quo, before the federal government made the disastrous decision to undo these protections for public safety".

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading the case against the Trump administration.

The Firearms Policy Coalition and other groups pulled the plans off the website of pro-gun group Defense Distributed before the court order and are now sharing those same files on a new site, said Craig DeLuz, a spokesman for the group. At a news conference Tuesday, Connecticut Sen. In fact, Donald Trump told everyone on Twitter Tuesday that he had spoken to the NRA and implied that he and the organization are both against universal access to DIY firearms.

Still, Mittow says many 3D printers, even ones that run a couple thousand dollars, would be capable of making plastic guns.

The U.S. State Department sent a cease-and-desist letter and accused Wilson of potentially breaching International Traffic in Arms Regulations. A settlement reached this summer takes effect Wednesday. State Department officials said the plans violated US export laws.

Hours before the restraining order was issued, Democrats sounded the alarm, warning about "ghost guns" that can avoid detection and pose a deadly hazard.

Although the Austin-based company said it would start allowing downloads on Wednesday, the blueprints for at least one gun have been posted on its website since Friday.

The president seemed to express surprise. Among them were schematics for the Liberator, a single-shot.380-caliber handgun made nearly entirely of 3D-printed plastic.

Politicians, gun control advocates and law enforcement had expressed concerns that Defcad's files would allow anyone - from a teen to a convicted felon - to make risky weapons.

Kenneth Schwartz reported this story for VOA News.

States are free to enact gun control measures, but "what they can't do is censor the speech of another citizen in another state, and they can't regulate the commerce of another citizen in another state when that commerce is authorized by a federal government license", Blackman said in an interview Monday.

"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.

Some plastic-gun designers got around the restriction by adding a removable metal block.