Judge Halts Downloads of 3D-Printed Gun Designs

Aaron Brown
August 2, 2018

They also sought a restraining order, arguing the 3-D guns would be a safety risk.

The release of blueprints for 3D-printed weapons was temporarily blocked on Tuesday, with Seattle-based judge Robert Lasnik ruling against their publication by company Defense Distributed.

"Regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years", Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

The states asked the court for an emergency restraining order to temporarily bar Defense Distributed from publishing the files as planned starting August 1, a date hailed by the nonprofit's website as the beginning of the "age of the downloadable gun".

Federal courts in three states issued rulings Tuesday to block the release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms.

On Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, Senate Democrats declared that Trump would be responsible for any injuries or deaths resulting from untraceable 3-D plastic guns, and called on him to reverse the policy immediately.

The US president appeared to agree with the concerns when he tweeted he was "looking into" the issue of the guns and had spoken to the National Rifle Association about it.

"Well, fix this deadly mistake that once again your administration has made", Markey said.

"I've had people ask me if I can make something like that for them", she said.

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The company's website had 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.

The publication of those files is now illegal under federal law, Lasnik said.

Previously, Attorneys General in eight Democrat-ruled USA states sued the Donald Trump administration over a June settlement with Defense Distributed. Anyone with access to 3D printing technology could make untraceable firearms with the information.

Joining Washington in the lawsuit filed Monday were attorneys general in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Defense Distributed now aims to create a repository of gun designs and to relaunch Defcad.com, according to a recent profile of the company and Wilson in the magazine Wired.

Defense Distributed's files include 3-D printable blueprints for components that would go into the making of a version of the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, a weapon that has been used in many United States mass shootings. Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!' the president tweeted. "The administration supports this almost two-decade old law".

Although DIY gunsmithing is legal in many forms under US law, including when it's done with a 3D printer, critics have pushed back against the government's settlement, saying it would undermine domestic and worldwide gun control efforts by greatly expanding access to untraceable homemade guns.

A Texas company called Defense Distributed is now fighting a legal battle over publication of plans which would allow gun lovers to print out firearms including a replica of the notorious AR-15 assault rifle, which has been used in a number of mass shootings.

The company filed its own suit in Texas on Sunday, asserting that it's the victim of an "ideologically-fueled program of intimidation and harassment" that violates the company's First Amendment rights.

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