Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration To Block 3D-Printed Guns

Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration To Block 3D-Printed Guns

Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration To Block 3D-Printed Guns

It led to a backlash from lawmakers and, on Monday, Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson announced that it would be suing the State Department "to stop the illegal distribution of 3D printed guns" on behalf of eight U.S. states.

The blueprints are set to go online on Wednesday, following a June settlement between the USA government and Texas-based Defense Distributed that allows the company to legally publish the designs. By Sunday 1,000 people had downloaded 3D printer plans for the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Ferguson asked in a statement Monday.

The 3D-blueprints were removed from the site in 2013 because the government said it violated global regulation laws, but eventually surrendered, concluding 3D-gun blueprints count as constitutionally protected speech.

The plastic weapons would be untraceable and wouldn't require a background check. The agreement allowed the company to publicly distribute schematics for handguns and rifles including the AR-15, which it says it plans to begin doing on August 1. "We will not be silenced", Wilson posted on Twitter.

"This unprecedented move is not only disastrous for public safety but undermines our state laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of unsafe individuals".

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"The threat of untraceable guns in the hands of unknown owners is too daunting to stand by and not take action", Governor Wolf said.

Shapiro and the other plaintiffs will seek longer-lasting protections in the form of preliminary and permanent injunctions, according to the release. Defense Distributed locates their servers in Texas so this district court would have jurisdiction over the case.

The lawsuit challenges the outcome of another 2015 case that began in 2013 when Cody Wilson, the owner of Defense Distributed, was found by the U.S. Department of State to have violated the federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) after publishing downloadable plans for 3D-printed guns online.

The lawsuit was settled in June with the Trump administration, despite opposition from gun-control organizations such as the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Wilson was given permission to make his creations available publicly again. Pennsylvania had also sued Defense Distributed Sunday, resulting in an emergency hearing in which the company agreed to temporarily block Pennsylvania Internet users from its website. That in theory could have been the end of it, and the federal government moved to dismiss the lawsuit in April.

But several efforts to stymie Defense Distributed have hit roadblocks. "If you want your Second Amendment online, THIS is the fight", he said in his tweet. Wilson, a gun rights activists, has been arguing that the First Amendment protects his constitutional right to share the 3D files as free speech.

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