Release of 3D-gun software blocked

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

A U.S. 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.

A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that prevents the publication of online 3D blueprints for plastic yet deadly guns.

The widespread release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms would not give way to a rise in undetectable plastic guns because there already is a law against them, the National Rifle Association claimed Tuesday.

"These downloadable guns are unregistered and very hard to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health, or criminal history", said Bob Ferguson, the state's attorney general, in his statement about the lawsuit, which is being jointly filed by eight other states. They also sought the restraining order, arguing the 3D guns would be a safety risk.

Hours later, five gun-rights activist groups based in California and Washington state posted the website Code Is Free Speech, offering freely downloadable code and instructions to make seven firearms, the same selection promised for Wilson's site. Wilson sued the government on First and Second Amendment grounds.

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

Ferguson's concerns were shared by many political figures and even president Donald Trump had expressed reservations about the logic in making such weapons available to the public.

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Defense Distributed filed the lawsuit in The United States District Court for The Western District of Texas And Austin Division. The link goes to "Prosecutors Against Gun Violence", which is an anti-gun group that is chaired by Feuer.

Gun reform advocates have their work cut out for them with this issue, because there are no real regulations in place regarding who can download the blueprints.

"By prohibiting those plans from going on to the Internet, you are not stopping criminals from getting their hands on guns", said David Amad, vice president of the gun rights group Open Carry Texas. The restraining order is in place pending an August 10 hearing. His documents were downloaded about 100,000 times until the State Department ordered him to cease, contending it violated federal export laws since some of the blueprints were downloaded by people outside the United States.

The 3D-printed gun controversy first blew up in 2013.

Blackman said in an interview he was disappointed in the court's ruling and the judge's comment.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit Tuesday jointly with the AGs of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. He said on Twitter he was looking into the idea of a company providing plans to the public for printing guns, and he said it "doesn't seem to make much sense!".

The states said online blueprints would allow criminals easy access to weapons.

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